AC: Sega released Shenmue for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. Despite the positive reception from critics, the game did not live up to expectations, especially considering the costs of development. Because of that, Sega decided to abandon the series after the release of Shenmue II. In 2005, Sega released a similar game in Yakuza for the Playstation 2. Unlike Shenmue, the Yakuza series went on to become big sellers in Japan. The following reasons help explain how Yakuza became more popular than Shenmue.