Who wants Shenmue 3 ? For most, it's a silly question because everyone wants it, right?
CVG asked this very question of its readers and the overwhelming response was clear. The vast majority not only want a third Shenmue but if the project existed, it would probably top their interest and priority lists. One commenter even replied- "I would buy Shenmue 3 even if it cost me my soul." So, is this good enough for Sega to kick things into high gear and deliver what the fans want? Well, not quite. Said Sega West president Mike Hayes:
"While at present we have no plans for the franchise [on next-gen consoles], the response to CVG's question has certainly shown the Shenmue legacy ignites a lot of passion among fans. Never say never…"
The "no plans" part is disappointing but expected and the "never say never" part will keep the hope alive for many fans. Sega is actually working on a new Shenmue for the iPhone and PC so it's not like they've abandoned the name; perhaps it's only a matter of time… I suppose I'll have to admit that I could never get into the games in question. I tried. I really did. Something just never clicked for me…but I'm obviously in the minority.