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Offline Team Yu

JunE3rd Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:03:00 PM »

The latest update from Ys Net (see yesterday's post) has sought to keep fans' expectations in check regarding E3, confirming that Yu Suzuki and his team will be hard at work throughout June on developing Shenmue III, rather than dedicating significant resources to a polished trailer months in advance of the game's provisional release date.

Which means, with E3 now just days away, all eyes are on Sega to deliver a Shenmue bombshell of their own.

HD remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 have been a hot topic since even before the sequel's announcement in 2015, yet Sega's first prepared statement on the matter did not come until May the following year, when Sega Europe's YouTube show was bombarded with questions about if and when we'd see the first chapters available on modern platforms.

The answer given then was the answer repeated in August and September: that they'd like to do it, and were investigating the licensing issues that made it complicated, but nothing had yet been greenlit for production.

Fast-forward to the present day, and expectations are at an all-time high for Sega to confirm their commitment to releasing these remasters before Shenmue III arrives. Fans nostalgic for the Dreamcast original and newcomers hoping to experience the saga from the beginning are relying on the IP owners to play their part in a comprehensive revival of the franchise, putting Ys Net's sequel in the best and most natural position to succeed upon launch, thus allowing Sega to capitalize in full with further chapters to complete the story.

This Saturday will be the last opportunity before E3 for Shenmue fans to publicly and collectively remind Sega of these expectations, with the traditional #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon.

By tweeting the hashtag and retweeting other gamers doing the same, we can all keep up the strong visible demand for these remasters. By displaying unity across the community, fans can show Sega that we have not forgotten where it all begins.

This Saturday, more than ever, it's time to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd. Pre-load an AutoTweet on our front page and implore Sega, as E3 approaches, to act without hesitation and do the right thing.

Offline Team Yu

Re: JunE3rd Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 11:11:00 PM »

For over a year we've been hearing the same story from Sega as to why there are no confirmed remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2.

This Saturday gamers will converge on Twitter seeking a commitment to making these original chapters available on modern hardware in time for the launch of Shenmue 3.

The #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon lasts all day every 3rd of the month. If Sega is to put our minds at ease at the biggest event of the year for new game reveals, then this Saturday is our last chance to influence their line-up.

So please participate tomorrow by tweeting and retweeting the hashtag, or pre-loading a scheduled AutoTweet on the front page today if you won't be able to make it.

For redefining the framework of video game design, Shenmue 1 & 2 deserve to be restored for current platforms. And for newcomers to the series, it all starts here.

Offline Team Yu

Re: JunE3rd Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 06:04:00 PM »
And the Tweetathon is underway!

Thanks to Retro Q Gaming for this video explaining why every fan should be tweeting the hashtag #SaveShenmueHD today:

To retweet other participants, you'll find a stream of live activity at

For more campaign information, please visit the front page.

Thank you for your support! Now let's spread the word and be heard on the 3rd!

Offline Team Yu

Re: JunE3rd Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 08:30:00 PM »

If Sega had any lingering doubts over what gamers expected to hear from them at E3, you certainly laid them to rest and then scorched the earth with yesterday's scintillating Tweetathon. The volume of calls to #SaveShenmueHD was at a record high, just a week before the industry's biggest annual event kicks off in Los Angeles.

The stage is now set for the custodians of Shenmue 1 & 2 to either disappoint their audience after a year of "investigation" into making remasters happen, or steal the show with the announcement we've all been waiting for since Shenmue 3 was confirmed.

We all remember the GameTrailers reaction video on that fateful day in 2015, and the crew - now known as Easy Allies - were joining in with everyone else yesterday in their hopes of more Shenmue excitement at this year's E3.

Everyone involved in Shenmue 3 - from director Yu Suzuki, to advisor Ryan Payton, to co-producer C├ędric Biscay, to even graphic designer NoconKid - have all expressed their desire for Sega to release new versions of the original chapters on modern platforms, giving a new wave of fans the chance to experience the story from the beginning.

But, this is Sega. And if there's one thing we know as Shenmue fans, it's to take nothing for granted with this company. And if they blow this opportunity at E3 the campaign will continue, because getting those remasters released in time for Shenmue 3 is critical to the success of this long awaited revival for the series.

We'll keep you posted with E3 viewing details later in the week, and of course we'll be sharing any news - or acknowledging the lack thereof - as the various conferences and broadcasts play out.

In the meantime, thanks to @ShenmueForever for the attached image and thanks to all proactive fans for your support in the journey to #SaveShenmueHD!