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Yu Suzuki: I'm Ready to Create Shenmue III Should the Right Circumstances Arise

Posted by Sammy Barker

Veteran raring to go

Much like protagonist Ryo Hazuki’s neverending quest for revengeance, SEGA legend Yu Suzuki will seemingly never give up on the fight for Shenmue III. Asked yet again about the overdue sequel during an event in beautiful Barcelona last week, the Super Hang-On designer declared that he’s ready to make the game whenever the right opportunities should arise. Adam Boyes, you know what you need to do.

Interestingly, the industry veteran touched upon what kind of improvements we could expect should the sequel deploy on modern hardware such as the PlayStation 4. “Well, graphics and sound have progressed very much,” he explained, “but especially the capacity of the CPU treatment has made very much progress, so I think that it's the main point now in advance; how can we introduce artificial intelligence so that the playability of the game can get better?”

The first two Shenmue titles were already incredibly forward thinking in that regard, with non-playable characters going about their daily business, sweeping the outside of store fronts at closing times, and bumping into each other outside local hot spots. It’d be interesting to see how the added horsepower of Sony’s super machine could better lend itself to Suzuki-san’s ambition of creating a truly living virtual world.

The luminary concluded that should the sequel ever get made, he would likely need a fourth instalment to wrap things up properly. “So, I have made until Shenmue and Shenmue II, but I have prepared until [Shenmue] 11,” he laughed. “If I want to continue the game, it will take a long time, because I have nine chapters left. I think that I will have to change that construction composing the chapters, by [spreading] many in two or three parts.”

The series has been a constant source of speculation among Sony fans, with photos of PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny sharing an embrace with Suzuki-san last year. The platform holder itself has acknowledged the pent-up passion for the property paraded by fans, while Microsoft has mentioned something similar about its own followers. Alas, the chances of a sequel ever getting made are still slim to none – but we remain hopeful that a high-definition port of the originals will arrive one day.


User Comments (26)



sinalefa said:

As long as this gets done, I could not care less about the console. I don't even know what else is he working on anyway.

And if you have 11 chapters planned, you better partner with Activision or Ubisoft and this will get done in less than 10 years



get2sammyb said:

@sinalefa Haha. I agree to be honest - I've always said that Shenmue is the only true system seller for me. I would literally buy any piece of hardware to play the next entry in this series.



MadchesterManc said:

Wouldn't surprise me if, after all the coverage offered up by Playstation focused websites, Microsoft pulled the cheque book out instead To be honest, interest is waning on this like with The Last Guardian. Its been too long.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Maybe I'm just a shenmue fanboy but i reckon if yu stuck a HD port on kickstarter it would reach 10 million in a week.



MadchesterManc said:

@SimonAdebisi Im surprised they haven't gone the Kickstarter route to get funding for Shemnue III. I think they'd get easily enough money to remaster 1 & 2 while working on 3, maybe even getting some towards a 4th entry like Yu Suzuki says he may need. It is baffling that he's sitting on his hands waiting for a publisher when the fanbase will fund the project a few times over



get2sammyb said:

Personally, I'm not convinced they would make enough money on Kickstarter. The original cost, what, $70 million to make? Now that we're in the HD era, the amount of assets they'd have to make would be staggering.

I think the other issue is that SEGA owns the property and doesn't seem to want to pass it on to anyone else.



Davros79 said:

Shenmue 1 and 2 are two of the best games I've ever played, they were way before their time. SM2 ended on such a cliffhanger aswell, (with that swine Lan di escaping on the helicopter, just as you thought you were about to fight him) which has made the age-long wait for a sequel even more unbearable.

I remember thinking at the time, how i wanted to cut Lan Di’s balls off and fry them in garlic as he watched.



jnewstead said:

I would buy any console that Shenmue comes to. And I'm most certainly not alone. There's a good reason that so many people desperately beg for Shenmue III even to this day. Just thinking of how Suzuki-san could utilize the PS4's power gives me goosebumps.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

70 mil for the two games ain't so huge though, I believe some of that went towards III which didn't happen obviously. A HD port would make Sega a giant giant profit. They're just plain stupid.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I'd be happy with a second rate pixelated mmorpg and just walk around asking about sailors in jazz bars and buying mini virtual fighter figures.



Boerewors said:

I'm surprised Nintendo hasn't picked it up yet. First make a HD remake of 1 & 2, than in 2016 part 3. Nintendo has the contacts, the money, the know how and most important: they need it more than anyone else.



3Above said:

If Sony was able to get Grim Fandango remade there is SOME hope for Shenmue. Some....



Holydiver85 said:

I may be in the minority here but I dont understand why these games have the acclaim they do. I spent a couple hours playing the (IIRC) second game and didnt enjoy a minute of it. Luckily I got it on a deep discount because I never touched it again. In my opinion there are so many other games that deserve a sequel before this one.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@Holydiver85 its a story, you should have played the first game, its kind of pointless not to. No idea why they released the second game only for Xbox, just an odd mistake.



Darthreven7 said:

I cannot fathom why Sega is so stupid. I need this game NOW. Maybe they won't reach their goal in kick starter, but the funds made there could help towards creating it. Or at least an HD remake.



ThreadShadow said:

SEGA doesn't seem to want to do anything, anymore. I want Shenmue III, but I wouldn't buy an xBone if it were exclusive. So I'm hoping MS doesn't get exclusivity.

Ryo: "Anyone want to back my Kickstarter?"



FullbringIchigo said:

to be honest, it's been so long now I'm not bovvered anymore, I would rather get the other yakuza games much better series in my opinion



Ristar42 said:

I remember the released Saturn version footage seemed to include scenes up to the end of Shenmue 2, I wonder how much of the game design was actually developed beyond that point. The pacing of Shenmue 2 seemed to really pick up towards the end, as if they knew they were unlikely to give the story the scope intended due to the Dreamcast looking to be discontinued - at least we got the game in Europe and I still prefer the Dreamcast Shenmue 2 to the Xbox version!
The 'Project Berkley' video on the VF3 TB Japanese showed some scenes not in the game...
I would probably buy a console just to play Shenmue 3.



NamelessAndi said:

As much as I would love to get excited about this I am sure it's down to Sega and not Yu.

Last I had heard they couldn't come to an agreement as Yu doesn't work with Sega anymore & Sega sure as hell aren't prepared to put down that kind of money on any title. Till then we can keep playing the fantastic Yakuza series that constantly finds it's way over here without half the series missing........



Holydiver85 said:

@SimonAdebisi Yeah I definitely put the cart before the horse by trying the second one first. Like you were saying the first didnt get released on XBOX and I had a friend that suggested I try it. Seeing how popular this seems, now I wish I had stuck with it.

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