Fans Get Positive Response From Yoshida (Sony) Regarding Shenmue 3

Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, has responded to a recent Twitter post from Shenmue fans asking for the revival of the series. The post shows fans holding up individuals letters which spell out "Thank you Sony for listening to us. Please #SaveShenmue."

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Wizziokid1621d ago

Come on Sony do it!

I'd happily have 1 & 2 HD for PS4 then you can give me 3!

BALLBAGS1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

but all yosp says is 'very nice' in his response ..not that much of a positive response to be honest in regards of they are thinking about it.

would be internet meltdown if they did announce it

abzdine1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

they can have my money from now already.
start by releasing Shenmue HD Collection just to see how the market is right now.
Come on Sony...

BadlyPackedKeebab1621d ago

You sir get a fantastic username award!

3-4-51621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Shenmue 1&2 HD collection would be in my top 3 most wanted games.

Along with 3 as well.

I don't I can recall any time in gaming where a game like Shenmue came along and was so different to what everyone else was doing, and succeed like it did.

I know there are other examples but Shenmue is special.

We didn't get to see or experience enough of it so it hasn't become tarnished like the FF series has.

sinncross1621d ago

Yeah I would love the idea of an HD collection of the first 2 titles as lots of people have probably not played both.

I doubt a Shenmue announcement would be a massive console mover but considering that it has a cult status of sorts now, it could do well.

Guess we will see. THere is a retrospective presentation taking place in March. While its not the sort of place for an announcement you never know.

SockeyBoy1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

I think Yoshida is just being kind.

Sega make it a Dreamcast 2 launch title!

HardcoreGamer1621d ago

shenmue is great and all. but ever since yakuza series have come, i dont care for shenmue anymore, i loved both of them on my dreamcast but i will tell you that until shenmue is done, il get excited for more shenmue.

i would take a new yakuza over shenmue any day, i think yakuza is above shenmue in story and gameplay. and entertainment for that matter

Oh_Yeah1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

I played 1 yakuza...the 3rd one, on ps3. And I could have sworn it was meant to be a ps2 game. Charging 60$ for it is a scam, I went right back to the store and demanded my money back. Shenmue on the other hand was ahead of its time.

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XiSasukeUchiha1621d ago

Sweet Sony doing Shenmune 3 do it do it

ZodTheRipper1621d ago

Holy shiiiiet it's happening! Or is it?

I guess no :/
At least not before 2017.

Morbius4201620d ago

Not that long. The longer they wait the less relevant it becomes.

Edvin19841621d ago

I owned the first one on the Dreamcast, and loved the game from start to finish. I think that the Sony install base is proof that niche games can succeed. Look at Beyond Two Soul's a million copies on a sub par game. I hope they release a HD up rez of Shenmue 1&2 before 3, so people like me who have missed number two or one can try it out. Wow...this made my monday.

shadyiswin1621d ago

Who the hell said sony is getting shenmue 3 ,if anything Microsoft will shell out millions to get it done and publish it.

Seafort1621d ago

I don't think Microsoft know what Shenmue is. So let's leave the proper games to the true gaming console :)

I wouldn't mind a HD version of the first 2 games on PC as well :)

SockeyBoy1621d ago

Well they know what Shenmue 2 is at least.

Alsybub1621d ago


I don't quite understand the disagree for your comment. Shenmue 2 was released on the first Xbox. So yes, Microsoft do know what it is.

Alsybub1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Ah, now I get it. Your post talked about Microsoft without it being a slur. Hence why I'm now getting disagrees even though I merely stated a fact.

playboi281621d ago


That happens to people talking about ANY gaming machine. N4G is full of trolls. They dog Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Nintendo, and PCs. Not just Microsoft. I'm sure this name-dropping will get all the

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MrSwankSinatra1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Why would Microsoft shell out money for Japanese game when it's a proven fact that Japanese games don't sell on xbox. Even games like final fantasy don't sell anywhere near what they do on sony platforms. Come on man, use common sense.

@konsuramonsuta try harder for what? So they can fail again? Microsoft needs to take hint and realize that xbox we'll never be successful in the east. It just isn't going to happen.

KonsoruMasuta1621d ago

They did say they were going to try harder in Japan this gen, and that means shelling out money for Japanese exclusives. It also wouldn't be the first time they did it.

Ninja Gaiden
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive Extreme
Blue Dragon
Lost Odyssey
Tales of Vesperia (Got a PS3 port later though)

Although I don't think they would be interested in Shenmue.

KonsoruMasuta1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

What's with the disagrees? Are you people allergic to facts or something? MrSwankSinatra said that MS wouldn't pay money for a Japanese game and I was just informing him that tthey have done it before and will do it again.

Anyways, @MrSwankSanatra, I agree with you. The Xbox brand will never be a top seller in Japan. However, I don't think they should just stop trying, because they do have a few followers there.

And like I said before, I don't think they care for Shenmue either.

Alsybub1621d ago


You referenced Microsoft and Xbox without putting them down.

I got the same, above, just for stating that Shenmue 2 was released on Xbox.


caseh1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )


'Why would Microsoft shell out money for Japanese game when it's a proven fact that Japanese games don't sell on xbox'

Did you miss the fact they actually done this with Shenmue 2 on the original Xbox? They paid for exclusive rights in the US so the Dreamcast never saw a localised release for Shenmue 2 in the states.

Granted, this was a US exclusive deal but its effectively a Japanese game. :)

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Ezz20131621d ago


uhmmmm,WHAT ?

NeoTribe1621d ago

It wouldnt sell on xbox. Its a cod, halo box. Why you think good games like alan wake on xbox fail?

DigitalRaptor1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Someone needs to educate shadyiswin. Listen to Mr. Koralik

1) Sega won't fund Shenmue 3 by themselves, so someone else will need to.

2) Sony consoles are successful in every region. Xbox consoles are flops in Japan, which is where Shenmue is born and where Sega originates and where its creator Yu Suzuki originates.

3) PS4 is already on its way to be the best-selling console of this generation. Xbone will be just short of irrelevant in Japan. Wii U is not a huge success, but I would LOVE to see a Wii U version for the touch screen capabilities alone. VMU was awesome. however, that console's success hinders it as a place for Shenmue. sad, but true.

4) Sony has already shown a large interest in third-party relations with their consoles, particularly recently XDEV initiative. Sony also has a huge third-party list they compile which has Shenmue at the number #1 spot as most-requested game.

5) The only reason Shenmue 2 came to Xbox is because Peter Moore was vying for a position at Microsoft and so leap off the Dreamcast, brought its third-party games to Xbox and said "seeya" to Sega. He denied North America a Dreamcast version to get in Microsoft's good books.

6) Microsoft doesn't really care about Shenmue in any sense that will benefit them. History tells them this. They aren't going to shell out for a franchise that sunk Sega's console business. They look at their bottom line, and it ain't happening.

maniacmayhem1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

1. Except it has already been stated by Phil Harrison that they will be making a strong push in the Japanese market with the Xbox One.

2. Phil also has gone on record in many articles that they are working with many Japanese developers to bring exclusives games to the Xbox One so it can appeal to the Japanese market.

3. Xbox was a flop in Japan but was successful in many other regions. And a potential Shenmue 3 could sell just as well in those other regions and not just Japan.

4. Phil has already hinted at returning to Phantom Dust a small niche game that has a cult following from the original Xbox days. That game I am sure did not light up the sales chart or push a hundred, million extra Xbox's but it appears Phil/MS sees the potential of it being a niche crowd pleaser, especially in the Japanese market.

History also tells us this.

5. Which brings us to Shenmu, where part 2 appeared on Xbox. If this game were to be developed there is no reason why MS wouldn't want this on their system too. They need the Japanese-centric titles to appeal to that market.

I don't know why you feel that MS will only invest in something if it only makes them millions and not Sony. Especially with the recent changing of the guards at MS and all the articles we have received about what games MS wants for their Xbox One.

Also this isn't even a guarantee that the game is even in development.

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hazardman1621d ago

I hope people dont think Sony has Shenmue as exclusive just yet, but I do see Sony being the one to approach Sega and asking to get this done. Probably even funding to keep it exclusive. Im telling you why dont we see Xbox fans pleaing with MS. I dont have a twitter account but I would be like hey...are you guys gonna let PS run away with next gen, make a play for Shenmue!!!!!!

SirBradders1621d ago

That is so true maybe Sony really is the hardcore platform (hardcore in my dictionary means the gamers who play games other than mainstream advertised AAA). Xbox has had some gems but look at alan wake, sick game no appeal to xbox audience.

Cueil1621d ago

Shenmue was the first true AAA game of it's generation... 20 million dollars may seem small today, but it was huge back in the day

Cueil1621d ago

Here is your Xbox Fan who wants it... as an original DC game Sony doesn't deserve the game... their deceitful tactics against Sega were borderline illegal

hazardman1620d ago

Well for your sake I hope Sega doesnt forgive and forget. I just want Sega to make it for everyone and not just Sony!

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