Yu Suzuki's name will forever be tied to Shenmue – it was his magnum opus, after all. But as is the case with so many projects, he had a team around him to realise his vision, and one such person was Keiji Okayasu. He served as a sub-director on the SEGA Dreamcast original, and also contributed to its sequel massively. And now he's back to work with Ys Net on Shenmue III for the PlayStation 4.
The game, which was Kickstarted last year and is currently in development, is still a long way away from release, but in the video embedded below, Okayasu-san outlines what he hopes to achieve with the new game. "I want to help finish it, and do it so that the fans will be satisfied," he says. "That means making it interesting for everyone who played Shenmue I and II, and everyone who will be experiencing Shenmue for the first time."
Are you really looking forward to this long-awaited sequel? Did you contribute to the crowd-funding campaign? Get sweaty in the comments section below.
He was obviously involved for a long time, Since the Saturn days, kind of surprised he left two thirds the way through the second game. Its very positive to see lots of the original dudes back though.
I contributed a $100 to the Kickstarter campaignass soon as I was able to. I'm very glad Okayasu-san is back to work on Shenmue; I cannot wait for this to finally be out! I've waited about twelve years for this, and thought that it would never come, but I'm very very happy Ryo's story is continuing. Shenmue and Shenmue 2 were among my favorite games for the Dreamcast and Xbox respectively. Regardless of how it turns out I am happy I contributed, and happy my name will be in the credits.
I'm so excited for this. I donated $60 when they announced physical PS4 copies. And when it comes out, I'll own all 3 Shenmue games in their original physical forms.
@sajoey Do you own both a Dreamcast and Xbox Version of Shenmue II
Contributed ti the Kickstarter, as a proud SEGA gamer, and I must say this is a most reassuring piece of news.
@get2sammyb Guess who will be getting the first one here very soon.
@Tasuki no, I own the Dreamcast versions of both
@Tasuki Yes! Enjoy!
@sajoey Ah ok. I would like to eventually get the DC copy of Shenmue II since I am odd and like having games in a series on the same platform but it's just hard for me to find one here in the States. Lucky for me I do have an Xbox but still. Guess I am just odd.
@get2sammyb Oh I will, I will. Shenmue is one of my bucket list games that I have been trying to get for years now. Now I just hope I can find a copy of II.
Didnt put any money but glad it is getting done.
Great news. In terms of the personnel involved this project is looking pretty positive. Still got Shenmue 1 and 2 on Dreamcast and will be playing through them again when this is closer to releasing.
If they Are short on cash, they should put a remaster of the first two on ps4.
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