Sega "probably" letting Suzuki make Shenmue 3

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  1. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone

    Legendary game developer Yu Suzuki has said SEGA will "probably" let him create Shenmue 3.

    "Probably SEGA will let me make it," he told an audience at the Game Developers Conference. "I think. It's simply a problem of budget."

    SEGA put an end to the expensive, revered Shenmue series after a second Dreamcast instalment. Simply, sales didn't justify the investment.

    "Well, I want to make it," Suzuki said of a third game in the series, as reported by Gamasutra. "About 200 people will buy it, I think. But funding is an issue."

    The first Shemue game, apparently, "only" cost $47 million to make – and that was in 1999. "Well, maybe I shouldn't say only," he joked. "We spent it on development and marketing... actually where did we spend it again?"

    Last year Suzuki tantalisingly teased that Shenmue 3 was much more than a fantasy - it existed. "The concept for Shenmue 3 already exists, so..." Suzuki said.

    "Shenmue 3 doesn't expand outward, but inward," he said at the time. "A lot of the dialogue is used for the main character and especially dialogue with Shenhua [the girl]. They [Shenhua and Ryo] talk about a lot of different, deeper things.

    "This is not actually in the game, but an example to give you an idea of what I mean by deeper dialogue: when Shenhua and Ryo are at home, Shenhua will ask Ryo if he would like to drink tea or coffee and the player will select one or the other. Or, Shenhua will ask Ryo a hypothetical question like: 'There are four animals; a monkey, cat, dog and bird. You are crossing the river but you need to leave one behind. Which one will you leave behind?' And the player has to choose one.

    "Shenhua will ask lots and lots of questions like these and the answers will get stored in the game and affect the outcome of the player's relationship with other characters. It's like a personality test. For example, the person who leaves behind the monkey is the type of person who leaves their wife."

    Shenmue 2 was released in 2001, and may have been the most anticipated Dreamcast game ever.


    Still need to nab a Dreamcast myself, they're pretty cheap online for a used one (like around the $40 mark). Some real classics on there that I need to get.
  2. Keva

    Keva GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 28, 2004
  3. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    wouldnt it be better to play it on an emu... or arent the dreamcast emus tht good?
  4. Master Mo

    Master Mo F.R.E.E.

    Nov 22, 2005
    Gambia, The
    Man Mo Temple
    I would love to see it happen and I`m sure it is his dearest wish to be able to complete this epic Saga but honestly I don`t see it happen, when such story- and emotion-driven games gets a continuation, since so many people haven`t experienced the masterpieces that are Shenmue I & II... But I guess they would add a movie similar to Shenmue II on XBox or Mass Effect on PS3, which would tell the Story of the first two games.

    Don`t get me wrong: I would love to see him make Shenmue III but I think before SEGA would let him do it I thought they would release the first two as downloads or remakes before making a new one but as I said the option of telling it in an intro-sequence is there as well... But still the chance of getting SIII made is slim if the first two won`t show up in some kind of way, be it as a port of both games on Wii, DLC on PSN/XBLA or even HD remake(s) on PS360.

    But if it gets released someday I will buy 3 copies [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Shenmue [​IMG]

    And here you can find a more in depth read about what Suzuki talked about at GDC. Pretty interesting, since it is more like a retrospective.

    Souce: Gamespot
  5. Fellow

    Fellow GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 24, 2008
    United States
    I'm intrigued, hungry for any news at this point.
  6. Oveneise

    Oveneise GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 22, 2010
    United States
    Haven't tried the first one out yet, but from the sounds of it, its a really great game. Gotta get some more CD-Rs! Great news for the fans.
  7. Vigilante

    Vigilante TempLurker

    Jan 1, 2010
    CyberSpace IQ:OVER 9000
    Great new seeing everyone is excited now
  8. hova1

    hova1 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 26, 2007
    Gambia, The
    i'd obviously leave the bird behind.