Ex-Sega dev legend Yu Suzuki has said that if the chance arose, he'd be allowed to make Shenmue III for the publisher.
"Probably Sega will let me make it. I think. It's simply a problem of budget," said Suzuki, speaking at a GDC session earlier this evening, as caught by Gama.
However, in the end, it would all come down to a matter of funding.
"Well, I want to make it. About 200 people will buy it I think. But funding is an issue."
He also said the Shenmie concept first came about when it was a Virtua Fighter RPG staring Akira.
"We talked about a Virtua Fighter RPG with Akira as the character we would use. From the beginning, the new title without using Akira would be more acceptable," he added, hence why it went in a different direction.
Suzuki is due to pick the Pioneer Award at the Game Developer's Choice Awards later on tonight.