Many claim the franchise disappeared all too soon and ever since the second (and to date, last) title, the fans have been pining for a third.
Well, maybe they'll finally get their wish . During a speech at the Game Developer Conference, designer Yu Suzuki told the crowd that Sega "is going to let him make Shenmue III ." That was like dropping a bomb on the audience, certainly, but it seems nobody could get him to talk more about the subject. We've been hearing rumors about the possibility of another Shenmue for years, but nothing has come of all that speculation. However, Sega has indeed been interested in reviving old classics and although most return in digital format, this new installment in a beloved series might be exactly what they need. The original Shenmue on the Dreamcast generated very positive reviews and a huge fan following, and many assumed it would become the next big franchise for Sega. But it fizzled after the second offering and that was that.
Maybe now's the perfect time to bring it back. The only question is, does the name "Shenmue" still hold all the cache it did at the turn of the century? Would you be interested in a third effort?