Suzuki “thinking about” iOS, Android release of Shenmue Town

By Johnny Cullen
1 March 2011 10:21 GMT

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has said he’s “thinking about” a western release of Shenmue Town.

Speaking ahead of picking up his Pioneer Award at GDC, Suzuki told Gamasutra that Android and iOS versions of the game could happen.

“From the start, I’ve been thinking of this as a multiplatform game,” he told the site. “I’m thinking about smartphone strategies right now.”

He hinted that he’s looking at both iOS and Android. Suzuki said that the platforms should be fine for a port, but that “the experience definitely needs to be customized for the smartphone.”

The game was released last year as a title for the MobageTown service in Japan.

For its Japanese release, it was known as Shenmue City. But Suzuki insists that the word “city” is “too large,” so he’s now putting into rotation the name of Shenmue Town.

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