Yu Suzuki “Researching” Ways to Fund New Shenmue Game

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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Yu Suzuki - Shenmue Creator | oprainfall

Yu Suzuki, known for the masterpiece that is Shenmue, has been off everyone’s radar ever since Shenmue Online fell apart. Over the last few years he did return to the gaming world with mobile titles through his own company YS.Net but there has been little word on his previous franchises. Noble fans just assumed that it was a passing dream that we would ever get the intended Shenmue 3.

All of that changed when Suzuki gave a recent interview with Eurogamer. They asked if he ever planned on returning to the Shenmue franchise and if he would use something like Kickstarter to raise funds. Since, after all, the last two Shenmue games cost a total of $70 million to make ($98 after inflation). His answer gives fans much to hope for.

“Yes,” Suzuki answered. “I am researching it.”

Suzuki did not go into any specifics on how much money he thinks he might need nor when he might go on and make it happen. Yet fans can breathe easy at least knowing that he’s thinking about it.

As for what he’s doing now, Suzuki played coy.

“Just now, I don’t have anything I can say yet,” he smiled. “I can’t announce right now – but I’m making something.”

Considering that Shenmue is often considered one of the greatest games ever made, no matter what it is we’re going to be excited for it.

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About Antonin Kořenek

Antonin has been playing video games since before he could read. Once he did, he fell in love with their stories and worlds. He spends most of his gaming time with either story-based or strategy games. As an aspiring novelist, he blames games like Earthbound and Final Fantasy Tactics for getting him started. Antonin graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a degree in English Literature. When not gaming, he can be found reading, obsessing over something on Twitter, or researching strange folklore.




  • Epicurus_P

    What the hell? He said this???

  • Thanatos2k

    Sorry, Kickstarter will not be raising the 50 million dollars needed to fund the game. No matter how many Shenmue fans there claim to be, they won’t donate anywhere near that amount.

    • Coarse

      Except if he reuses assets wisely and makes the game a budget/episodic download release, it’ll cost a fraction of that to make.

    • Thanatos2k

      Did they do that with the second game? Is that really the game people want?

  • RagunaXL

    while I’ve heard this type of a dozen times over the last decade, I couldn’t be happier! somewhere deep down, I really only log on to the internet in hopes that Shenmue III might be announced

  • Vinicius

    I wish Nintendo funded this, just because I want to see the shitstorm that would arise froim that.

  • Tabasam

    yu suzuki please reshearch fast we are waiting
    cool addicting games