Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue and Virtua Fighter, leaving Sega

Monday, 27th June 2011 18:43 GMT By Andrew Groen

Yu Suzuki, one of the most legendary video game designers of all-time, has announced that he will be leaving Sega in September after a 28-year career with the company.

Suzuki is not retiring, but will rather be focusing on his own studio, YS NET.

“With the new company, I’ve been doing pretty much what I personally want to do myself,” said Suzuki, speaking to Gamasutra.

He will also become an advisor at Sega. Suzuki is currently working on a Kinect-based fighting game.

Suzuki was often called Sega’s response to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto back in the Sega versus Nintendo console wars.

He was involved in the creation of Out Run, After Burner II, Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, and Shenmue.



  1. bugmenot

    Another nail to the Shenmue’s coffin. :/

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    *preps tap shoes to dance on the grave*

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xino

    confirmed! Shenmue 3 not in development and cancelled forever

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Kabby

    I see the opposite here. He’s been tweeting for a while he wants to finish Shenmue. The above text says “With the new company, I’ve been doing pretty much what I personally want to do myself”

    He’s now in charge of his own company. If he really wanted to make Shenmue, he could do it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Amaterasu

    Factually, this doesn’t change a thing. He has only been a part of SEGA as a honorary member for the last couple of years anyways and hasn’t done much more than Shenmue Town. And YS Net was also responsible for that, so this news doesn’t preclude SEGA from letting him develop Shenmue 3 on contract.

    #5 4 years ago

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