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Western release of Shenmue City planned, says Yu Suzuki

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2 Dec 2010

Shenmue City, the surprise new installment of the long dormant Shenmue series, may be coming to western services like iPhone and Facebook according to series creator Yu Suzuki.

Western release of Shenmue City planned, says Yu SuzukiSpeaking exclusively to games™, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has revealed that he is currently planning to release the upcoming Shenmue City in English. When asked if the social network/mobile game might be converted to western-friendly platforms like iPhone or Facebook he teasingly replies, “There are plans but I cannot discuss them now.”

Shenmue City is a multiplayer social network game inspired by the hugely popular Mafia Wars. It is the first game in the Shenmue series since 2001 and is a side-story set during the time and location of the original Dreamcast game. “We’re building Shenmue City as a social game, and each individual player is the main character’, explains Suzuki. The story progresses as each player takes on the role of a student who works with Ryo at his dojo, called the Hazuki Bukan.”

Suzuki has also confirmed to us that Shenmue City incorporates many of the concepts originally developed for Shenmue Online, the Yu Suzuki produced MMO that was cancelled mid-development in 2006. “Two more stories will follow in the future’, he adds, “and if management likes our performance, more stories will be a possibility.”

Shenmue City is due to be released on Yahoo Japan’s Mobagetown service this winter and will presumably come to the west in 2011. For the full interview with Yu Suzuki, see games™ issue 104, on sale 23 December. To avoid disappointment, or for a handy Christmas gift, subscribe here.

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  • Adam

    If the 1,180,000 people who originally bought Shenmue on the Dreamcast back in 1999/2000 all donated a measly $60… Yu Suzuki would have $70,800,000 to work with. That’s $800,000 more than the original game budget.

  • alimn

    And I alone simply wiling to pay 120 USD,
    and there are people like me…

    Well, as of now…All we want is Shenmue City in west.

    There will be no more Shenmue games without this one,
    and this will lead us to a proper sequel….

    Come one, Yu, the assets are there, …
    as for Shenmue Gai aka Shenmue City aka Shenmue Town,
    all is needed for you to release it on Face Book, Iphone, DS and etc.

    As for Shenmue III, give us a digital re-release of Shenmue I and II
    on Xbox Live, PSN…or a Dreamcast Collection pack, including
    Shenmue I, II and Passport,…also on Wii.

    Then one of the publishers, like SONY, Microsoft, Nintendo will
    show interest and will help SEGA and you for the thrid one.

    Best Regards, Ali M.N

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  • Jo487907

    no the original cost over 100 mil

  • Backclan

    Can not wait for this. 10 years for this and well worth the wait.

  • PyGuy

    You’re confused with GTA IV, which cost over 100mil. Shenmue cost over 70mil

  • http://janajohns.co.cc/ Jana Johns

    If the 1,180,000 people who originally bought Shenmue on the Dreamcast back in 1999/2000 all donated a measly $60… Yu Suzuki would have $70,800,000 to work with. That’s $800,000 more than the original game budget.

  • Luke Saliba

    Yu said himself it really only cost 47mill not 70

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1418346484 Wesley Porcelli

    i want shenmue