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Sega will trade exclusivity deal for Shenmue III funding

Monday, 1 February 2010 07:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Sega’s apparently said in the latest issue of Famitsu 360 that it would develop Shenmue III as a platform exclusive – provided the relative hardware manufacturer paid for it.

Specifically, according to Eurogamer.pt: “None of the previous games sold really well for the investment made, and SEGA is in doubt as to if it will resurrect the series. However, SEGA assured the fans that if there is some opportunity to revisit the series, they would love to do it.

“SEGA also mentioned the chance of one of the three hardware makers financing the game’s (Shenmue III) production in exchange for an exclusivity deal.”

Shenmue, despite being very dead for a very long time, will never die. A second game in Yu Suzuki’s ridiculous adventure-life-sim did make it to market for Dreamcast and Xbox; in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The original released in 1999. At the time it was the most expensive game ever made, with an estimated budget of $70 million. It follows Ryo as he seeks to avenge his father’s death by waiting for buses and driving forklift trucks.

An online title in the series, the provocatively-named Shenmue Online, was announced as in development in 2004. Since its reveal, the game’s never been officially confirmed to be cancelled.

Via, D’Toid, GAF, GoNintendo.

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35 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    I’m pretty sure Sony wont be interested. They only fund IP’s they own and by the sound of it Sega are just asking for money in exchange for an exclusive contract. And thats Microsofts thing.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. mojo

    couldnt care less.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Michael O’Connor

    Why would any console manufacturer be interested in resurrecting a franchise that didn’t sell well?

    I love the Shenmue series as much as anyone else, but nobody is going to throw away tens of million on something that wasn’t even a good seller in the first place.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Too late now anyway, isn’t it?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    I strongly suspect this may not happen.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. KAP

    @1
    I hate to admit it because i LOVE shemue, and love my little slim black box under my 32″ HDTV but i totally agree.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. David

    Do want :D

    #7 5 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    You know what… I’m more inclined to thing that if anyone takes this offer it would be Sony.

    They seem prone to making bad business decisions but at the same time keeping the niche fan bases happy.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Herlock

    Where is Yu Suzuki anyway….

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Johnny Cullen

    Apparently still at Sega, but in a lesser role.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mington

    what the hell would happen anyway, i remember the game went a bit crazy at the end of 2, if my memory serves correctly you ended up in a magical cave after walking slowly through a field for an hour, i remember this very well as we had a power cut and i had to redo the whole lengthy sequence

    QTE jump over a twig!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. NGCes26294BIV

    Come one Microsoft. Pleeeeeeeease.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Bulk Slash

    SOMEBODY GIVE SEGA MONEY FOR THIS GAME NOW. EVERYBODY GET YOUR WALLETS OUT IMMEDIATELY. I HAVE £15 IN MINE, HOW MUCH HAVE YOU ALL GOT?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mington

    i have a coupon for half price soup

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Bringit

    Nintendo should go for it. They want to re-capture the hardcore.

    Get Sega to re-develop ports of the original two for Wii, and see how that goes.

    Or don’t.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    Now that would be a gigaton there.

    Iwata would be the saviour of hardcore gamers, gone from public enemy number one to the messiah. 8O

    #16 5 years ago
  17. zoopdeloop

    @1 I believe that’s the case with this one too
    Sony’s strategy is a lot different than Microsoft’s

    Sony is deeply involving first-party studios such as Insomniac and Naughty Dog. On the other hand, Microsoft has been pushing hard to secure multi-platform titles from other platforms and also have notoriously spent millions on both exclusive and timed-exclusive titles.

    as a Sony rep said

    ““Obviously, what we have to do is make sure that our business plan is adhered to and we have the amount of money to invest in games rather than investing in stopping other people making games and progressing. So I would much rather that we were investing money into making sure that we’ve got great R&D and we start producing games like LittleBigPlanet, rather than paying other people a huge amount of money to stop people playing their product.”

    #17 5 years ago
  18. The Hindle

    Ahh Shenmue its never coming out im afraid sorry to dash peoples hopes lol

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Scyrenn

    Xbox 3 (or 129600, whatever) launch title? Go on then…

    *dreams on*

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    They need to reboot the franchise, start it over. Maybe then it would start selling look at Yakuza a very similar kind of game in JP for example.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. mington

    wasn’t yakuza done by the same development team?

    i don’t think a reboot is necessary, maybe just a flash back sequence to reignite the flames of hatred for Lan Di.

    As Ryo leaves everything behind at the end of the first game and again at the end of the second game

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    “Wasn’t yakuza done by the same development team?”

    i dont think so, Shenmue was done by Sonic Team. I’m not to sure who worked on Yakuza exactly but i’m pretty sure it wasnt them.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. AsILayDying

    come microsoft we love you, show us some love back and give us Shenmue 3.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. mington

    i think the world has moved on, with sandbox games like gta and yakuza and also the soon to be released story telling of heavy rain, i just think which ever way they’d take the franchise it’ll end up lacking

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Turrican2

    @22
    Shenmue was done by Yu Suzuki’s team AM2 not by Sonic team.
    Anyway the Yakuza Series is done by SEGA’s Amusement Vision team (former AM4 creators of games like Daytona or Manx TT).

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Galactic_Barret

    They should just kill two birds with one stone and introduce Ryo into the Yakuza universe via 4/5. Also, thinking back to that Sega document, it did say something about bring Y3 over for marketing support, so Sony isn’t that apposed to shelling out for a good deal, just not at expense to other console owners.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Galactic_Barret

    Also, I love QTEs.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. mington

    @26 i was thinking just that, although i’m yet to play a yakuza game so i thought i’d hold my tongue.

    or a separate dlc episode!

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Gekidami

    Isnt Yakuza based in current-day Japan whilst Shenmue is based in 1987? That would be an awkward tie-in to pull off. And at the end of Shenmue things started to get abit magicial, i’m pretty sure Yakuza isnt about that type of stuff so it would just be something that would bother Yakuza fans i’m sure.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. mington

    That would be awesome, Ryo is now a washed up has been who gave up on his quest and became a drunk, he trains you in the art of fighting and forklift racing. Then when fighting against the yakuza boss (an ancient Lan Di) who kicks your arse and starts getting away on a helecopter, Ryo appears and blows up the helicopter with a fireball, i ejaculate in my pants

    game done

    #30 5 years ago
  31. scuz

    lol not going to happen

    #31 5 years ago
  32. AHA-Lambda

    IF this did happen I would say that sony would be the most likely to do it but even then I don’t see how any first party could like the idea of entirely funding a 3rd party title especiaqlly shenmue.

    IF this did happen they would need to rerelease shenmue 1 and 2 I think aswell. Although this could cement the idea of dreamcast games coming to PSN.

    So IF this were made I would only then be interested IF they ported shemue 1 AND 2. That’s alot of ifs….

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Scyrenn

    No seriously, get to work on this already…

    Lazy bastards, with your “money”…

    #33 5 years ago
  34. CP69

    it should come to Android …

    #34 2 years ago
  35. noamlol2

    FFS Sega you have company of heroes 2 i your possession

    now go make it happen and you’ll see $$$ flying at your faces

    #35 2 years ago

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    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]