Suzuki speaks on Shenmue III: “Of course I want to make it.”

It seems we’ve come a long way from the days when Yu Suzuki was prevented from talking about Shenmue III in any form with the media. Shenmue III discussion began again earlier this year in an in-depth interview with the iconic developer. Today the subject once again came up, during a GDC interview conducted by Sega superstar Mark Cerny.

The talk, which took the form of an on-stage interview, covered a wide variety of topics, ranging from his decision not to work on Virtua Fighter 5 (“I don’t want to continue the same games and series. I always want to be making new games”) to his interest in both the 3DS and NGP, to the imminent death of the arcade industry, to, eventually, Shenmue.

“Of course I want to make it,” he said. “Sega I think is going to let me make it, I think it is just up to the budget.”

So it seems that SEGA would need somebody to help front the money.

Regarding Shenmue Online, he regretted that the project was cancelled but expressed interest in once again returning to it if given the opportunity.

Though the discussion was only a small part of the interview and what was said wasn’t particularly surprising, websites such as Gamespot have used it as the main draw of the story, and it has generated a sizeable number of enthusiastic comments.

All this media attention can only be a good thing.

[Source: Gamespot]


13 responses to “Suzuki speaks on Shenmue III: “Of course I want to make it.”

  1. Sharky says:

    When I have sex with my girlfriend, I'm /thinking/ about Shenmue 3.

  2. cube_b3 says:


  3. -nSega54- says:

    haha my bad. Hopefully people click on the interview though because it's a good one.

  4. Supa says:


  5. Essay says:

    "Sega I think is going to let me make it" — this should be the biggest news story of the week! I almost can't believe I'm reading this.

    Unofficial. Tentative. A bit noncommittal. But it's the closest thing to confirmation we have. I think most of us have given up hope by this point. If nothing else, this shows that Yu and Sega have been in talks for Shenmue III.


  6. George says:

    When Sharky is having sex with his girlfriend, I'm also thinking about Shenmue 3.

  7. DCGX says:

    I was wondering when this would be posted! He/Sega are the biggest tease ever, but this sounds good!

  8. upsidedown fuji says:

    Please let something meaningful come from this announcement. I'll take a modest build of Shenmue III running off the original Dreamcast/XBOX engine as a download only title. Just make this happen. 🙂

  9. cube_b3 says:

    Edited mention of Mark Cerny into the interview.

  10. Awesome! (The Shenmue 3 news, not Cube editing other people's articals).

  11. -nSega54- says:

    Cube: Thank you, sire. :]

  12. Fallout911 says:

    When the cats outside have orgies with the only female cat in the neighborhood, I am also thinking about Sharky thinking about Shenmue 3 when he's having sex with his girlfriend.

  13. cube_b3 says:

    Thank You for not taking offence, kind sire :).

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