GDC11: Yu Suzuki Says He Could “Probably” Make Shenmue III If He Wants
The Shenmue franchise has been in stasis for a decade, and it hasn’t looked for a long time like there was any chance of a franchise continuation; if there were, you can bet Shenmue would have been re-released as a download on PSN and/or Xbox Live, and Shenmue II would be re-released as a downloadable Xbox Original.
Or maybe I don’t know anything about anything, because Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue, seems to think it’s actually within the realm of reasonable possibility that the third part of the Shenmue franchise will be made. That doesn’t mean it will be made, but it could be made. You never know, basically. That’s essentially what Suzuki said at GDC today.
“Well, I want to make it. About 200 people will buy it, I think. But funding is an issue,” he said, not winking to all the Shenmue fans who might want a third game so much that they would consider shelling out millions of dollars to have that dream come true. “Probably Sega will let me make it. I think.”
Oh, and he also said he still wants to make Shenmue Online.
There you have it: a faint glint of hope. Grab it, stick it in a safe place for a sad, rainy day.