LONDON, 21st February 2003 â€“XboxTM, the future-generation video game console that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences, today announced that Xbox owners can get caught up on the journey of Ryo Hazuki to avenge his father’s death through the “Shenmue The Movie” DVD. The DVD will come bundled with the Xbox exclusive “Shenmue IITM” when the game ships in Europe on 21st March. The DVD is 90 minutes long and features English or Japanese voice-overs with the option for Japanese subtitles, and is playable on the Xbox with DVD remote or PAL DVD players.
The full-length movie draws upon original footage from the Sega Dreamcast release of “ShenmueTM” to deliver the same experience as if viewers had played the game through from beginning to end. It was originally showcased in Japanese theatres and then sold separately on DVD for 4700 yen (approximately â‚¬36/Â£24). The theatrical trailer shown in Japan is now posted on the Xbox.com site at http://www.xbox.com/Shenmue2.
“We’re pleased to be offering this fantastic extra with ‘Shenmue II’,” said Michel Cassius, European Director, Xbox Platform. “Shenmue fans will have a lot to love â€“ an epic story in the new game, plus a new way of experiencing the classic original. It’s a great game, and with this extra DVD it’s great value too.”
“Shenmue II” is an epic adventure with all the elements of a great movie: drama, mystery, suspense and action. It offers a unique game-playing experience that seamlessly blends elements of action, adventure, fighting and role-playing games. In “Shenmue II” players assume the role of Ryo Hazuki, a young man dedicated to the task of tracking his father’s murderer and unlocking the mysteries of the Phoenix Mirror. “Shenmue II” continues where “Shenmue” left off, bringing Ryo to Hong Kong with many unanswered questions as he follows the trail of Lan Di, the man who killed his father.