Shenmue I & II reintroduces cast of characters ahead of August 21 release

Sega is gearing up to reintroduce Shenmue I & II to a whole new generation of gamers and fans alike on August 21. But as the release rapidly approaches, the publisher is diving deep into the epic adventure with a video series titled "Shenmue 101" – the latest of which takes a quick dive into the key characters you'll encounter throughout your journey.

Shenmue I & II follow the story of 18-year-old Ryo Hazuki, who sets out on a journey of revenge for his father's death at the hands of the evil Lan Di. Luckily for Hazuki, he's adept at the martial art of jiu-jitsu, a connection he shared with his father. It's this mastery that drives the combat in Shenmue I & II, along with Ryo investigative skills as he tries to track down his father's killer across China and Japan.

Throughout the journey, you'll also be introduced to hundreds of characters across Shenmue's open world, including Shenhua, a mysterious girl who appears to Ryo in his dreams.

Shenmue isn't a full overhaul, like we've seen with some recent remasters. Rather, the game will largely look the same as it did upon its release on the Sega Dreamcast and original Xbox. Players will, however, be able to choose between modern and classic controls, along with PC graphics options and an updated UI. You can also choose to play with the original Japanese or English voiceovers.

Shenmue I & II is set for release on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 on August 21. You can preorder the game now for$29.99.

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