Osamu Murata worked as a composer for Shenmue series and he has talked about the new Shenmue game announcement on his twitter account.
“I have complicated feelings about Shenmue appearing on Yahoo! Mobage. I actually worked on Shenmue, working quite a bit with Yu (Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki). However, Yahoo! Mobage is being started up by a friend of mine.
“What makes this complicated for me is that Yu has lowered the quality. Shenmue above all else required top quality. There was no compromise for quality in Shenmue, and if there was compromise, Yu would get extremely angry as us. It was by being tossed around by this that the creativity of my current self was born. When I think about the the current state of Sega and Yu that required Shenmue to become a light game, I have complicated feelings.
I’m certain that he wanted to release Shenmue on PS3 or Xbox. This is definitely not how Yu feels about Shenmue. The sound of the bikes, the sound of glass, the facial motion of kids, how the flags were made to stand, the walking motion, the running motion, the pursuit of beauty for the female characters. He worked so hard even if he would collapse or get sick.
The Yahoo! Mobage Shenmue is not Sega. I’m not sure what will happen at the time of formal release, though. If it looks like it will sell, Sega will probably make it official.”
It is odd that a company, like Yahoo! would take a franchise from SEGA and make a game. Even though SEGA has no desire, for what it seems like, to make this game. SEGA has not mentioned the game on their official site, the announcement made the other day was from Yahoo and them only.
Don’t know how I feel about the whole situation myself.