At the beginning of the year we told you about the Shenmue Dragon & Phoenix Collection, an ambitious Unreal Engine 4 remaster project of the first two Shenmue. Fans of Yu Suzuki’s work behind this initiative just shared some news and the least we can say is that things are going well.
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“Lemon haze, “one of the heads behind that Shenmue Dragon & Phoenix Collection, recently released new images of the latter, showing the progress of the project and especially the work on the game environments.
The fan team behind this project explains that through the technical improvements the use of the Unreal Engine 4 allowed them to use new rendering techniques such as PBR materials (which make it possible to simulate different types of materials) and to incorporate real-time ray tracing.
And the images of this unofficial remaster that have just been released show that, in addition to the modeling work already done, the work on light management has a significant impact on the rendering of the game.Phoenix edition“as well as”Dragon edition“are available in our gallery below (The pictures from the Phoenix Edition are from the You Arcade room).
As already mentioned, there is a double remaster behind the title Shenmue Dragon & Phoenix Collection. The Dragon Edition is a faithful port of the first two episodes, which were created with the help of Unreal Engine 4, the aim of which is to reproduce the original gaming experience in the best possible way.
The Phoenix Edition is presented as a “reinvention” of the two titles originally released on Dreamcast, with gameplay changes to approximate Shenmue III’s and new features.
To get back to the team behind the Shenmue Dragon & Phoenix Collection, it should be noted thatShe was accompanied by Franois Montagud, a French 3D artist
As a reminder, the Shenmue Dragon & Phoenix Collection has no announced release date yet. The team behind this double remaster makes no promises and only says that it will be released when it’s done.
What do you think of the work of the team on this fan project? Do you wanna play it Which version are you most interested in? Are you still hoping that one day SEGA will offer a remake worthy of the Shenmue name? Tell us all about it in the comments below.