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Publisher 110 Industries Hints at Possible Shenmue 4 Deal

IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

When Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki appeared at the beginning of 110 Industries' Tokyo Game Show presentation late last year, most people watching probably didn't bat an eyelid. For fans of the Shenmue series, however, Yu Suzuki's prominent inclusion in the 40-minute showcase video raised some interesting questions, the most common of which was "why?"

Prior to the release of the video, neither Suzuki nor his YS Net development studio had any obvious affiliation with the 110 Industries brand. With that in mind, for 110 to dedicate the first five minutes of its TGS showcase to the legendary Japanese developer seemed like something of a strange decision. Six months on, the real reason for Suzuki's inclusion may finally have been revealed.

After seeing an Instagram post promoting the publisher's upcoming third-person action game, Wanted: Dead, one hopeful Shenmue fan posted a comment suggesting that 110 team up with Suzuki to create Shenmue 4. In all likelihood, this was probably little more than wishful thinking on the fan's part, but somebody from 110 actually responded. In the reply, they asked the fan to "guess why [Suzuki] was at [their] TGS stream."

While it's perhaps unlikely that 110 would directly announce a project of this scale in such a manner, the idea of the publisher backing Shenmue 4 doesn't actually seem all that far-fetched. It could certainly explain how Suzuki came to be in the TGS showcase video, and would be very much in keeping with the company's mantra of encouraging "creativity, bold design choices and innovation," three things that, for better or worse, the Shenmue series is certainly renowned for.

 

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Or is it just one of Phil's balls in my throat?
After seeing an Instagram post promoting the publisher's upcoming third-person action game, Wanted: Dead, one hopeful Shenmue fan posted a comment suggesting that 110 team up with Suzuki to create Shenmue 4. In all likelihood, this was probably little more than wishful thinking on the fan's part, but somebody from 110 actually responded. In the reply, they asked the fan to "guess why [Suzuki] was at [their] TGS stream."

So it's a nothing burger.
 

Fbh

Gold Member
He should just work with whatever studio is doing the anime adaptation and complete the story that way.
I really doubt anyone will give him money for a forth game after how bad the third one did (in both sales and reviews)
 

Fox Mulder

Member
He had balls to not just end it with 3.

A 4th game will presumably be cheaper and faster to make now they have it built up, but that shit ain’t happening.
 
I remember when Shenmue came out, I rented it and literally stayed up all night playing it. I was blown away by the world and setting. I played that shit for so long, my Pops went to work and came BACK. It was like 6 a.m. I turned that shit off so quick and ran up to bed....Lol. Though, the series to me...It's dead. I just don't really care. Thought the announcement of Shenmue 3 was amazing, but when I saw gameplay and then eventually reviews, I just didn't care at all.

Hope it works out for those that want it though!
 

SonicJams

Member
As a huge shenmue fan back in the day, shenmue 3 was abysmal. Yu doesnt have the right mindset for the series, nor the capacity. It'll be DOA. Finish the series in the anime and forget the game medium.
 
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Pejo

Member
After Shenmue 3...

 

SkylineRKR

Member
Did they not learn from Shenmue 3 that this IP died along with the Dreamcast? We all thought we wanted a third part, but I can’t help but think we were all tricked by our rose-tinted glasses.

Yes and no. I tremendously enjoyed 1 and 2 HD, not long before 3 came out. Shenmue 3 was just a piece of shit in every sense of the word.

But Shenmue 3 did something good, and that is that I don't give much fucks about Shenmue 4. So for me its fine whatever they do.
 

RAIDEN1

Member
The problem is whoever does end up making part 4 has a big job on their hands to end it on a high, as I get the impression part 3 was the weakest entry compared to part 1 and 2
 

Shifty

Gold Member
At long last, the Shenmue title that takes us to

Checks notes...

Roughly 50% of the way through Ryo's story arc.
 

Pejo

Member
The most frustrating part of Shenmue 3 wasn't all the gameplay related bullshit that they got wrong, nor was it all the fuckery outside the game with securing funding, changing plans for backers, etc.

Suzuki had been granted a golden opportunity to revive a long-dead series and give himself and his fans an ending to a story he and his peers created. Instead, he squandered it and made a game where the story is entirely inconsequential. It never moved forward, it never answered any long standing questions. You could skip the Shenmue 3 story entirely and end up in the exact same situation as we were in at the end of Shenmue 2. I've never seen a blatant disregard of the very fans that made the game possible to begin with, and I'll never trust him again in regards to the series.
 

Kokoloko85

Member
Did they not learn from Shenmue 3 that this IP died along with the Dreamcast? We all thought we wanted a third part, but I can’t help but think we were all tricked by our rose-tinted glasses.

We all still want it, just more like the classic and not ShenMue 3
 

Stuart360

Member
The 3rd game was honestly one of the worst games from last gen, i mean just really bad and dated feeling.
It did produce a couple of funny playthroughs from streamers i watch though, so there is that.
 

Brigandier

Member
S3 was a big steaming pile of bubbling dinosaur diarrhoea....

No soul, no questions answered, crap battle system, QTEs were so fast it was just annoying, mediocre story, mediocre bad guys who were just big oafs.

Castle Siege was just awful.... These random people who Ryo has spoken with a few times are all of a sudden close friends come to help and risk there lives fighting the chi you men, Then it's just full of comedy nonsense.

Shenhuas dad basically said the same shit Zhu Yuanda did at the end of the 21 year old superior Shenmue 2.

The voice acting was beyond bad, Too much focus on mini games everywhere, oh and last but not least Ryo forgot all his training and has become a pussy who can't beat simple thugs... GTFO the fans could have made a much better story.

Insult to backers and fans.
 

nush

Member
Who knew a lower budget and rural Chinese villages don't make for a good Shenmue game? 3 brought into years of hype, 4 is just the cash grab.
 

IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

After teasing a big announcement that never actually happened, the publisher eventually stopped interacting with tweets mentioning Shenmue and began promoting its debut title Wanted: Dead, a Ninja Gaiden-inspired hack and slash game that's scheduled for release later this year. That all changed late last night, though, with a now-deleted tweet in which the publisher responded with "Eventually" after a fan asked about getting Shenmue 4. If that weren't enough, Yu Suzuki has now had his say on the long-standing rumors too.

In an interview with Game Rant, the influential Japanese developer first tried to downplay the idea of a collaboration between the two companies, dismissing the talk as little more than rumors. However, upon being asked about 110's "Eventually" tweet, which went out just a few hours before the interview began, he seemed genuinely surprised, revealing that he hadn't spoken to 110 about the tweet. When pressed further, he agreed that it wasn't normal for a publisher to make comments about games that they weren't involved with before offering a "No comment" of sorts.

To add further fuel to the fire, within just a few hours of the interview's completion, the tweet in question had been deleted, but not before a snapshot of it was taken using the Wayback Machine. 110 Industries, whose CEO is currently visiting Japan from Switzerland, has been approached for comment about the tweet, though the publisher is yet to provide a response at the time of writing.

 

SF Kosmo

...please disperse...
I didn't even like 3, but I'd still be happy to see it happen. Shenmue II was one of my favorite gaming experiences ever.
 
If Sega is really making Virtua Fighter 6 then Yu can just use that engine for combat. Shenmue 4 with some real story progression and QOL features will be fine for me.
 
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