Such an experiment was underway with mobile social game Shenmue City, but as with other projects involving Shenmue after the 2001 launch of Shenmue II, it hasn’t gone anywhere.
In the case of Shenmue City, at least the project got off the ground, but the official website brings word that Shenmue City is dead.
A short message on the website informs players services has ended, thanking them for their support.
Shenmue City was never launched in English, and was a sidestory set within the Yokosuka, where the first game took place. From the start, Suzuki never promised Shenmue City would provide fans with closure, but if the brand found new life, it seemed possible more Shenmue games might happen.
For a time, it looked like Shenmue might continue as an MMORPG with Shenmue Online, but it never materialized.
Perhaps it’s not much of a surprise Shenmue City is over and done, given the game was ostensibly rooted in social, and its own Twitter account hadn’t updated since August 11.