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Shenmue 3 will not work on current generation of consoles

Posted by: Ahmed Al-Dajani 15/Jul/2009
The first time I saw shenmue was on a tape called "what is Shenmue" that was after I had bought a Japanese Dreamcast with Sonic Adventure. after that, I had started to follow Shenmue news to know exactly when it will be released. At long last, Sega announced the Japanese release date for the game, and I had imported the game immediately in order to play what I considered to be the most anticipated game ever for me.  
Although I had finished the game multiple times without understanding the full story of the game (as I mentioned before I played the JP version), I had started to look forward to the US version to experience the game in its full potential. Though the voice acting in the US version was bad, I had enjoyed the game more because of my understanding of the story.  
I know that shenmue have a lot of annoyances and criticism like the drought of free battles, and the lack of fast forwarding time in the game. But the game was unique and epic at that time. So I had started to anticipate the sequel to see what Yu Suzuki (the creator of shenmue ) can do to improve the sequel.  
Sega announced that they will halt the production of the Dreamcast, and Shenmue 2 will be released in Japan and Europe for the Dreamcast and the US version will be released exclusively on Microsoft new console at that time, Xbox. Shenmue 1 had sold over one million copies on the Dreamcast and the sequel was not as successful as the first one.  
So you may ask your self why am telling you a history lesson about Shenmue and Sega? How Shenmue 3 will not work on current generation of consoles? Continue reading to find your answers.  
The first reason is the development cost of Shenmue was 70 million dollars as it was mentioned by Yu Suzuki, and if he wants to make the game on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or the Wii it will cost more than that, and it will be a very risky decision for Sega.  
The second reason is the poor sales of the sequel on Xbox, which is a big sign that the game will not sell well if Sega considered releasing part 3 on current generation of consoles.  
The third and final reason is new generation of gamers will not play Shenmue 3, why? Because they haven't played the prequels and the only audience that will play part 3 is Sega fanatics who had bought the Dreamcast.  
So these are my reasons for why Shenmue 3 will not work on current generation of consoles, but I have more questions for you folks to discuss, will you buy Shenmue 3 if Sega considered releasing it on Dreamcast with the same engine? Or how about releasing Shenmue and its sequel on Xbox live or PSN in an attempt of reviving the franchise before Sega and Yu Suzuki considers making part 3?  
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62 comments
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
damn right i would buy it. shenmue 1 or 2 are still the best game ive ever played. i even spent ages gettin a emulator working on my pc to play the game again. Shenmue 1 or 2 on PSN would be a great idea. i would pay the full £40 again for it. Shenmue 3 on ps3 with blu-ray would be epic. would love to finish the story (gotta kill lan-di, kinda like to see fuk-san get killed as well, not sure why) please please sega make this happen.
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
I would certainly buy Shenmue 3 if it was released (on PS3). Shenmue was an amazing game, and I would have bought and loved Shenmue 2 if I had an XBOX. Actually, I did buy Shenmue 2 for a friend a few years back. If Sega were smart, they would re-release Shenmue 1 and 2 as downloadable content on all systems as hype for Shenmue 3, making some relative changes/updates (Sega is pretty good at this, look at their re-releases!). I could see them making a nice profit on this series if all is done correctly.
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
@Woooo Yeah, I would like to see Fuk-San get killed, as well... strange, huh? I would beat the crap out of him when sparring, just for kicks! Maybe it's his name...?
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
I played the first Shenmue when i was 8 on my uncle's Dreamcast and it remains one of my favourite games, I never got a chance to play the sequel so if they released the first and second one on the psn, i would definetly buy them and most probably buy the third man, that game was awesome
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
I honestly wouldn't really care too much whether or not Shenmue 3 came out. I have tried playing the game a few months ago, but I found it to be extremely boring so I had to stop. The arcade was a nice diversion, but there's only so much talking to random people until something hits that I can really take. I do understand what the game did for gaming in general, but I guess I'm just spoiled by the gaming advances that happened since then. So I kinda wonder if: A) I am missing something B) If all this praise for the game is more the nostalgia factor with few people actually playing the game.
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
@Anime12478 As i said in my article the game have problems and they can make it better now. If you tried to play Zelda ocarina of time or final fantasy 7 lately your feeling will not be the same as when you first played them,right?
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
Well, it was more of a remark on the older games. But if I don't enjoy the older games, then there's really little incentive to play the newer ones. And of course playing Zelda and FF VII would feel different now than when I played them over 10 years ago. But I didn't say anything about those games. I was only talking about Shenmue because that is the subject matter here.
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
Damn skippy, the previous versions were the bomb, the story was left open lets continue the saga and stop jiving around I ain't gettin any younger.
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
First, Shenmue 3, for anyone that can appreciate a great adventure/RPG would not only be a great idea but a welcome one. Second, while it did cost 70 million to make, technology played a major factor in that. Granted, controls weren't all that, but for the full cinematic experience and all that they went for, they went above what I believe a lot of us expected, even before Indigo Prophecy. Now with the technology we have now, they should be able to recreate the entire series (full 1080p, responsive controls) with everything else in tact and be way below 70 million. This can/should be done
Posted: 15/Jul/2009
@ Anime12478 i just mentioned ff7 and zelda ocarina of time to tell you even the best games can feel a bit dated.