I think I’d honestly rather never know than find out that way. I understand your perspective but it was written to be told through a video game and I want to see it presented as Yu conceived it. Telling the story through another medium would fundamentally change the way that the player/reader interacts with and understands it. The story is so good that I only want to experience it as it was meant to be experienced.
I wish Sega would just explore the possibility. It’s a huge financial risk so why not attempt to crowdfund it and just set the threshold very high to green light the project. Just today we saw that Star Citizen broke $50m (and counting) in funding. That should be more than enough to do the project exactly as Yu wants it without compromises.
If it fails to generate enough support, table the project for a few years, return the money and you haven’t lost much.
Come on Sega, just make Shenmue III !!
Personally, I really don’t care if an HD remake is ever made (though, of course, I would buy an HD remake in a heartbeat). Both original games run in 480p and hold up pretty well on modern TVs. The main benefit of a remake would be to get a new generation of gamers demanding a continuation of the series.
I’ve been gaming since the late 80s and have every console that Nintendo, Sega, Sony and Microsoft have ever made. Shenmue II is, without question, the best video game I’ve ever played.