So many people want to see the final chapters of Ryo's quest for revenge - and we all know why. But is there a case for leaving this astonishing, much loved series in the past? ILJG stirs up trouble...
There's just not a big enough audience for it. It was groundbreaking in the day, every magazine hailed it as the best thing since sliced bread, and it still bombed. Shenmue 2, across two platforms, bombed. Individually - selfishly - I desperately want SEGA to invest millions into making Shenmue 3 not only a fitting end to the trilogy, but as groundbreaking as it ever was (because if they made a game with the same old mechanics, it'd just feel tired and dated). It'd be a really bad move though.
Yakuza games are made on a pretty small budget though. Shenmue was cutting edge when it was made, it doesn't have to be now. They could rerelease 1 and 2 in HD, then release 3, produce it on a similar budget to the Yakuza games. I think it'd do alright - better than what they waste on Yakuza spinoffs which never sell well.
it sold over a million which was decent back then but it cost more than most games today. Also shenmue 2 wasnt really released on 2 platforms. West didnt get dreamcast version. even now shenmues 3d fighting engine is above every full 3d fighter/hack and slash game. I like and have every western yakuza game but their not the same as shenmue with all the kickstarters going on sega should just ask for 20 million and sell HD updates of 1 and 2.
HD Versions of the original games (or at least 1) are a foregone conclusion at this point. It's happening, or will be happening, it's just a matter of when. Which is fantastic. Playing on Dreamcast is nice, but it's a nice enough world that it deserves the HD/widescreen treatment. The problem with a third entry is that SEGA never made any money off of Shenmue. I like to say it's one of those games that everyone recommends, but nobody bothered playing. They invested in Shenmue Online and it never made it to release. It doesn't matter how many people ask for it, how many people sign petitions or email important SEGA figureheads, it still doesn't change that it's never really been supported by the general public. The HD version of it will be a nice test to see if people's buying habits have changed. Don't be surprised when it gets crap reviews (like the rest of the Dreamcast collections; "IT FEELS TOO OLD!") and younger gamers shun it. If that happens, there's no chance at all of a third game. EDIT: By the way - I have a western release copy of Shenmue 2 on Dreamcast. It was the US that didn't get it, not "the west."
YES they should do a kickstarter ill gladly pay for it heck i ordered Shenmue 2 from japan for the Dreamcast back then why wouldn't i pay for one of my favorites series.
yea EU did get it on dreamcast I forgot about that. I got both japanese and both us releases and I would still get HD remakes. Thats why they need kickstarter and HD remakes to pay for shenmue 3. So they dont feel it was a total loss if it doesn't sell well
Shenmue 2 failed because MS got their grubby paws on it and wanted it exclusive to Xbox. That left out all of the US Dreamcast owners who did't want to buy an Xbox. I still play my Dreamcast and Shenmue on it. A 3rd needs to be made and should release on PS4. Suzuki already said he wants to make it but Sega won't give him the rights to the game.
I'm sorry but I disagree with every single point of this article. You shouldn't even give people reasons not to make this game, whether they're relevant or not. On the contrary, you should write about all the reasons why it should be made. Maybe my emotions are clouding my judgement, but damn ! I love this series soo much I could die for a sequel.
It raises some interesting points this. I think part of the allure of this series IS the fact that it was never finished. That kind of tragedy has a certain emotional impact - and it does contribute to the mystery of the game, I don't care what anyone says. I think he makes a valid point about how it would be made too. I almost feel it would need to developed in such a way that it would be consistent - in terms of game design and aesthetics as the first two. Can you imagine the fallout of having to remake them from scratch for a new generation. Not only the cost, but how much fans would be up in arms because of changes to characters, voices, locations?! It would be a minefield!
Nothing would please me more than to see this finished. Maybe they should do an HD remake of the first two, to gauge how much interest there would really be in a third? Exactly how you'd tackle that third game would be very difficult - not least because fans would be so hard to please. Myself being one of them!
YOU SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH! We must see this series end. I've been waiting for so long..
Play Yakuza games.
Playing Yakuza as a standby to Shenmue is like playing DMC for Resident Evil.
I'll welcome Shenmue 3 any day hell just give me 1 and 2 HD on the PS4, I love the series and it's such a shame the story never got to conclude
Why bring back Shenmue when there's Sleeping Dogs?
Because Sleeping Dogs is like GTA not Shenmue. Shenmue was amazing and advanced for its time. It got you involved with the characters. So many mini games and you finish when you want. Take care of a cat, play at the Arcade, watch as time passes and holidays come and go, get a job and so much more. It wasn't a shoot em up game.
Sleeping Dogs is a take on the Hong Kong we see today Shenmue 2 is in 80´s where things like cellphones and such were quite rare ,story and characters are alot more complex and interesting not to mention the highly detailed locations full of NPC´s you can interact with like asking for directions or playing mini-games with them. There´s a lot more than meets the eye in Shenmue games.
Magical series, so good. If they would continue the series they should take into account that in this time of day the demands are a bit higher, not taking anything away from what they did back then, it pushed the envelope. I remember there was a MMO planned in the making, and i swear i heard Shemnue 3 as well ?
There was an MMO in the making - it even got to closed beta I believe. There are screenshots if you Google it. The idea was that you played within one of three gangs and would play through a story as a grunt in one of those gangs (while coming across familiar people and locations). It was a nice idea, but it would have come out at around the same time as World of Warcraft which, frankly, would have been a death sentence. A social game was released for phones in Japan, although I'm fairly certain I heard it was closing down quite recently. This had you running your own Dojo.
They have to reboot the series now. Too much time has past. Sega does not have the resources to fund a series like this any way. Maybe someone big can buy out Sega (not EA or Activision).
Yu Suzuki already told Sega he will buy the rights to it. Sega declined they are being dicks and won't let him take the series and make a 3rd.
Why can't it be as easy as... Release Shenmue 1 HD + Shenmue 2 HD + a Kickstarter = Shenmue 3
favourite game of all time for me, pure immersion
Shenmue 3 MUST be made... get a grip
Everyone should boycott Sega games until they allow Yu Suzuki to make Shenmue 3. Yu already asked if he could buy the rights to the game and they told him no nor do they care to make another one. Which is why we should not buy Sega games until they allow him to buy the franchise and continue the series.
Just a while ago i was playing Sleeping Dogs and Hong Kong always reminds me Shenmue 2. They have to launch a HD collection of the 2 games playing these through PC emulation it doesn't feel right for me.
Well I would love to see Shenmue 3!
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