Sega Fans Shed New Tears, Shenmue City is No More

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Shenmue City was not exactly the continuation of the Shenmue story people were looking for.
Shenmue City was not exactly the continuation of the Shenmue story people were looking for.

There is probably no franchise fans have demanded more from than Yu Suzuki’s massively ambitious Shenmue.

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.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Shenmue City was not exactly the continuation of the Shenmue story people were looking for.
Shenmue City was not exactly the continuation of the Shenmue story people were looking for.

There is probably no franchise fans have demanded more from than Yu Suzuki’s massively ambitious Shenmue.

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.

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#2 Posted by AbombBILL (41 posts) -

They really expected it to come out after over a decade since 2?

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#3 Posted by subatomicpizza (24 posts) -

But what about the sailors?

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#4 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2527 posts) -

Shenmue II is one of my favorite games of all time. But I realize there probably won't ever be another Shenmue game. And if there is, it'll be completely different and won't be for a long time.

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#5 Posted by Klei (1798 posts) -

Seriously guys, get over this franchise. If they wanted to make a sequel, they would have. But for some reason, probably due to the lack of faith in the sales of the project, it probably won't happen. 
 
Shenmue 2 was an interesting game, but really, it should be left in the past. Just move on, people.
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#6 Posted by dabe (302 posts) -

"the Yokusuka" -- nicely done.

Who cares, Shenmue is great but I don't need it in my life in 2012-.

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#7 Posted by synthesis_landale (157 posts) -

Nooooooooooooooooo....

I'm surprised really that Sega has yet to return to Shenmue actually, Yakuza is a huge hit for them (in Japan), and really, its just crime based Shenmue...

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#8 Posted by wjb (1899 posts) -

"I need to avenge my father's death...right after I help this little kitty, operate a forklift at my part-time job, and collect all these shitty Virtua Fighter figurines from this machine."

I liked Shenmue and I even imported Shenmue II for the Dreamcast, but god were those games awful.

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#9 Posted by EuanDewar (5160 posts) -
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#10 Edited by IAmNotBatman (701 posts) -

Never had a Dreamcast so I can't say I really care. Would check them out the original games if they were remade or re-released however.

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#11 Posted by Grimluck343 (1331 posts) -

@EuanDewar said:

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I had no idea what the Shenmue franchise even was, but now I demand there be a third game.

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#12 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

Dayum shame...

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#13 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5726 posts) -

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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#14 Posted by JohnPaulVann (210 posts) -

@Klei said:

Seriously guys, get over this franchise. If they wanted to make a sequel, they would have. But for some reason, probably due to the lack of faith in the sales of the project, it probably won't happen. Shenmue 2 was an interesting game, but really, it should be left in the past. Just move on, people.

Go fuck yourself. You just don't understand anything.

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#15 Posted by JohnPaulVann (210 posts) -

And for the record, I'm still going to kick Lan Di's ass.

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#16 Posted by YOUNGLINK (636 posts) -

What kind of game was Shenmue City? I only played the original on DC.

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#17 Posted by kidman (534 posts) -

@IAmNotBatman said:

Never had a Dreamcast .

Why not?

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#18 Posted by subrandom (145 posts) -

I'm pretty sure you can just drive a forklift in Farm Simulator...

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#19 Posted by lizzard2 (60 posts) -

They keep releasing mediocre Yakuza games when they could instead release an Epic finishing story of a shenmue game. My opinion ofc.

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#20 Posted by IAmNotBatman (701 posts) -

@kidman: My parents gave me a choice between PS1 and Dreamcast, needless to say which one I chose.

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#21 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6399 posts) -

@EuanDewar said:

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CANON. SATISFIED WITH LIFE.

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#22 Posted by Olivaw (1280 posts) -

Poor Shenmue. Such ambition, such promise. It was a game ahead of it's time.

It doesn't really hold up now, and it sucks that fans will never get to know what the fuck happens with those crazy dragon mirrors, but it did inspire other developers. It had an impact. That much is undeniable!

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#23 Posted by mac_n_nina (293 posts) -

I've always like the Shenmue games. They're pretty badass. You're like a hired thug beating detective who macks on bitches and fucks up sailors. What could be better?

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#24 Posted by Lurkero (619 posts) -

Hey Shenmue fans, just play Yakuza and get over it.

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#25 Posted by thetenthdoctor (318 posts) -

I played both on DC, even importing the second one from the UK. Had some serious nostalgia going on recently and bought the Xbox port of 2. I could hardly contain my excitement until I played it again, at which point the reality of how much games have improved since I was 20 came crashing down. It was kind of a bummer.

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#26 Posted by HarrySound (299 posts) -

Sega should team up with Bioware and make "Shenmue" and all in one Shenmue experience from start to finish.Lan Di must die!

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#27 Edited by Stubee (411 posts) -

I would trade all the Uncharteds, Modern Warfares, Battlefields and Assasins Creed in the world for Shenmue 3 :(

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#28 Posted by Catarrhal (874 posts) -

@HarrySound: All sixteen chapters? Sold.

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#29 Posted by Bunny_Fire (390 posts) -

this is what happens when you don't keep the games inetia going for to long between the last game and the proposed 3 basically if you wait to long you kill your own franchise .

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#30 Posted by Phazon (87 posts) -

People still care about Shenmue? I thought it was irrelevant post-GTA3.

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#31 Posted by Sooty (8194 posts) -

@Phazon said:

People still care about Shenmue? I thought it was irrelevant post-GTA3.

I don't know how you've come to the conclusion that a story focused game is irrelevant post GTA3, I guess that makes a lot of games irrelevant then.

Just because GTA3 did open world better doesn't mean anything, that wasn't why people liked Shenmue.

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#32 Posted by the_r0n1n_named_47 (171 posts) -

@Lurkero said:

Hey Shenmue fans, just play Yakuza and get over it.

already there :P i have all 4...but unfortunately 2 dont work.... no luck finding another copy yet though

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#33 Posted by Brendan (8955 posts) -

@JohnPaulVann said:

@Klei said:

Seriously guys, get over this franchise. If they wanted to make a sequel, they would have. But for some reason, probably due to the lack of faith in the sales of the project, it probably won't happen. Shenmue 2 was an interesting game, but really, it should be left in the past. Just move on, people.

Go fuck yourself. You just don't understand anything.

That's real mature of you. Did you wait with baited breath for over a decade for Duke Nukem forever as well?

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#34 Posted by Subjugation (4954 posts) -

Oh well, it wasn't Shenmue III anyway. That is the only game I would've cared about. I was thinking about how awesome it would be if Bioware proper acquired it, but then I realized they would probably stick to Jade Empire if they wanted an asian themed rpg. It just sucks to experience an interesting franchise die before its time. I'm looking at you as well, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.

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#35 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

@JohnPaulVann said:

@Klei said:

Seriously guys, get over this franchise. If they wanted to make a sequel, they would have. But for some reason, probably due to the lack of faith in the sales of the project, it probably won't happen. Shenmue 2 was an interesting game, but really, it should be left in the past. Just move on, people.

Go fuck yourself. You just don't understand anything.

I'm quoting this for how unreasonable upset and angered you are.

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#36 Posted by Purple_eye (76 posts) -

Looks like Ryo and Shenhua will be stuck in that cave forever :(

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#37 Edited by shodan2020 (842 posts) -

I really didn't have much hope; I've loved both 1 and 2, but this is a damn shame. :(

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#38 Posted by TheKing (856 posts) -

@shodan2020 said:

I really didn't have much hope; I've loved both 1 and 2, but this is a damn shame. :(

My sentiments exactly. It's really too bad.

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#39 Posted by WithoutRemorse (18 posts) -

@Klei: Nah, I think I'll just keep on passively hoping a miracle happens and we get some kind of closure. But thanks for the input, that was super neat. ;)

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#40 Posted by Crocio (545 posts) -

What? How can they do this to the beloved Shenmue(TM) franchise??!!

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#41 Posted by The_LMFAO_Guy (211 posts) -

Why not release and HD version of Shemue 1 & 2 with chapter 2 made into game as a bonus incentive?

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#42 Posted by nickystixx (217 posts) -

damn. some day...

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#43 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12504 posts) -

THE DREAM WILL NEVER DIE!!!

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#44 Posted by plainplease (200 posts) -

i had a great time playing through shenmue when it was new. when shenmue 2 arrived, i was ready to recapture that experience, but the game only partially recaptured that same feeling as the original. i'm not surprised the spinoffs failed, but i'll be damned if i wouldn't sink my teeth into a proper third part in the trilogy. too bad it just looks more and more like it'll never happen (unless another developer takes the reins at some point).

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#45 Edited by AV_Gamer (985 posts) -

This shouldn't surprise anyone. The series died the moment the Dreamcast did. Just like the Panzer Dragoon series died, the moment the Saturn did. Sure they release Shenmue II on another console, and they released a new Panzer Dragoon on another console, but that was done out of hope that these games would sell big. Both games didn't sell big, hence the end of both series.

It's about sells and cashing in. I personally would love a sequel to XIII, since I thought it was a great cell-shaded shooter, but because of low sells, I know that will likely never happen.

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#46 Posted by Dan_CiTi (4518 posts) -

If they did make Shenmue 3, it would have to much more than just Shenmue 2 with modern graphics, it would have to have a lot more open and detailed world, much better combat, etc. As well as all the other things that would go along with modern games.

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#47 Posted by thefreed (167 posts) -

I played the first when I was in elementary school... Beat the game twice.

Played the second in highschool. It's actually a few of the games that I can't forget to this day. I played the yakuza series, but I don't think it can compare to shenmue. Shenmue was the most immersed I ever been to a video game.

Hopefully they make a shenmue 3 or a spiritual succesor to it. Not another Yakuza game please, it's getting old fast.

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#48 Posted by Klei (1798 posts) -
@JohnPaulVann said:


                   

@Klei said:

Seriously guys, get over this franchise. If they wanted to make a sequel, they would have. But for some reason, probably due to the lack of faith in the sales of the project, it probably won't happen. Shenmue 2 was an interesting game, but really, it should be left in the past. Just move on, people.

Go fuck yourself. You just don't understand anything.



                   

               

 Oh wow. A touchy one. You mad, bro?
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#49 Posted by probablytuna (4768 posts) -

Can't say I'm surprised.....

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#50 Posted by ashogo (952 posts) -

@Klei said:

@JohnPaulVann said:

@Klei said:

Seriously guys, get over this franchise. If they wanted to make a sequel, they would have. But for some reason, probably due to the lack of faith in the sales of the project, it probably won't happen. Shenmue 2 was an interesting game, but really, it should be left in the past. Just move on, people.

Go fuck yourself. You just don't understand anything.

Oh wow. A touchy one. You mad, bro?

You asked for it. A lot of people hold this series in high regard, just telling them to "get over it" because you don't share their opinion is not going to change their minds.

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