Shenmue 3 is one of those things that feels inevitable. There are always rumors, but these are constantly punctured, spiting their way down to Earth with a hearty, fast fart. With E3 2014 fast approaching, the drums have started beating again, but is there actually something to it this time?
- At GDC 2014, Yu Suzuki told Eurogamer “more than I can disclose”, following its epic postmortem on the series, and Kickstarter was a possibility.
- Sega renewed the trademark on the franchise in Japan.
- And finally, Corey Marshall, the English voice actor for Ryo Hazuki, has started posting mysterious photos from Sega, and hinting at E3 2014.
So let’s say that Shenmue 3 is coming, but we still have no idea as to its final destination. There have been solid rumors that Shenmue 2 HD is done and ready to go to the company that picks up 3. Yu Suzuki has been seen paling around with the Sony people and, of course, Microsoft has been fishing for exclusives and has supposedly landed “a major third party IP”. Not to mention Nintendo’s exploration of “additional SEGA IP”
Personally, I hope that it’s not exclusive to anyone so people who weren’t old enough, or didn’t have a Dreamcast, can finally experience the grand experiment that made Grand Theft Auto and every other sandbox games a reality.
So is Shenmue 3 coming? Who knows. We’ll all find out the real truth in next week. It’s just too bad Suzuki already ruined the ending.