Ah, the Shenmue series. A game that has been slowly disappearing since it came out on Dreamcast all those years ago. Since then, we may have had a slight indication that it would come back into existance, or is that just like every other SEGA comment that says “we still think about Shenmue.”
Since we were told that Shenmue 3 was not in the pipeline, and wouldn’t be for a considerable amount of time, SEGA always keep us on a knife edge by saying that they still want to make it, or that at present it is not in production, but we may do something in the future.
But what is the real reason SEGA don’t want to continue with production? Bad sales they say? If I remember rightly, the game was among the top 3 best selling games for the Dreamcast, so how can “poor sales” be the reason for it’s demise?
In recent times, the closest we have come to some sort of Shenmue game is that of Shenmue Online, a game that looked like it tried to hard to follow in the footsteps of World of Warcraft, with no genuine substance and a recently announced ‘Shenmue Town‘ game which will be coming out for mobiles soon. I can quite safely say that the latter does not make the grade at all.
On top of this, we have had some news that the first two Shenmue games would be making their way to modern consoles and would be made available from PSN.
The fact of the matter is, whatever future Shenmue may have, it may be a long time before we see Ryo Hazuki get revenge for his fathers death by avenging and killing Lan Di. I just don’t understand how you could leave a story so epic, especially at the point we left it at to just disappear into thin air.
If Shenmue 3 was to go into production, would you buy it? Do you want it more than anything?
Source: Computer and Video Games