First Shenmue III plot details revealed

Yu Suzuki, legendary former head of Sega studio AM#2 and creator of the now infamous Shenmue series, has given a candid and honest interview with a French Shenmue fansite... and reignited our hopes of getting Shenmue III all over again. For starters, he confirms that while Sega currently owns the Shenmue IP, he 'can obtain it from them'. Of course, what we really wanted to hear was 'we will obtain it from them', but it sounds like a statement of intent from here. Oh, but there's more. Much more.

Suzuki goes on to talk about some elements of the plot of the next game, including the revelation that an old training partner of Ryo's father (potentially the man in the photo of Hazuki-sensei that Ryo finds in the basement of the family dojo) will play a large role in the next part of the story. He also reveals that Ryo's lust for revenge will dissipate as the story goes on. We still wouldn't bet against a final showdown with Lan Di for some other reason, but it definitely won't be a hollow act of revenge when/if it happens.

Above: Revelations! Also, Ryo's mother will not play a large role in the story, coming to Ryo only through his thoughts and memories

Also during the interview, it is put to Yu Suzuki that the other man in that mysterious photograph is Lan Di's father. Suzuki nods his head - something that the interviewer in question picks up on. However, I should point out that during Japanese conversation, it is polite to nod and say 'hai' while the other person is speaking, to show that you understand what they're saying - not necessarily that they are correct.

Most tantalising of all? When asked what his favourite part of the Shenmue saga is, Suzuki explains that Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 only cover the first six chapters of the 11-chapters of story he has outlined (so far) - and that his favourite part is still to come. Ooh, the big tease.

Above: Yeah, I agree. The bit where Ryo appears to get killed in a sinking tanker and you play the rest of the game as Fuku-san is pretty damn awesome...

Suzuki's musings are by no means confirmation that Shenmue III is coming, but it's clearly still very much in his thoughts. And the news that there are open avenues allowing even the tiniest possibility of a new sequel is wonderful. But, honestly, it's incredibly cruel to keep fans hanging on like this. Every time we give up on hope of ever seeing a Shenmue III, we get thrown a scrap to fight over. This has been a particularly tasty scrap to nibble on and savour, but it's still tinged with the salty tears of frustration.

Here's the interview in full - well worth a watch if you have even the slightest interest in the subject. Although it is worth noting that we're reading English translations of French translations of answers given in Japanese. A dangerous game of Chinese whispers, but given the geographical direction the story's headed, perhaps that's quite fitting.


  • nicholas-haley - March 11, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    I was afraid this project finally died! It's been almost ten years since I played Shenmue II. I remember I had to get it from a bootlegger because it was cancelled for Dreamcast in USA. I don't even have a DC anymore. I would feel weird just jumping into Shenmue III. I need part I and II. A cheesy video recap of them might not be enough...
  • mothbanquet - January 7, 2012 5:36 a.m.

    Wow. This I was not expecting. I wonder how warm it makes Suzuki-san to hear that his creation is still held in so many hearts to this very day, to the point where people still do a little dance whenever there's a whisper of a sequel?
  • brandon-gibbs - January 7, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    I really hope this means the guy will be able to make shenmue 3 at long last soon.We've been waiting for years since shenmue 2 was made back in 2002 and we've just been waiting for new news on shenmue 3 since.
  • taterboob - January 5, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    I'm expecting this to hit on the same day as Half Life 3, Kingdom Hearts 3, and Zone of the Enders 3. What is it with 3s?
  • IceBlueKirby - January 5, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    I haven't played Shenmue in years and I never finished Shenmue 2, but if a Shenmue 3 ever did come to fruition I'd buy the other two games and play through them again, then get Shenmue 3 for sure.
  • augdog - January 5, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    Better have some fuking space hurrier.
  • MeabhieD - January 5, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Day = made
  • ray-carter - January 5, 2012 5:51 a.m.

    April Fools!
  • ray-carter - January 5, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    Is it April Fools day already?
  • el.waxa - January 5, 2012 5:44 a.m.

    Shenmue is still my favourite game but I have to say I am torn over the idea of the sequal, I would love to play more but I have to say part of the appeal is the mystery of what may or may not be revealed.
  • samsneeze - January 5, 2012 5:06 a.m.

    If the guy in the photo is Sun Ming Zhao, then why would did Ryo's father kill him? (I think he killed him, can't really remember the small details that well.) Was it greed onset because of the secret that the mirrors held or was it something yet to be revealed? It's sort of hinted that Lan Di was acting on revenge when he arrived at the Ryo's house. So I guess there was supposed to be some kind of parallel between him and Ryo seeking revenge for their fathers. Or something like that. Either way, I will gladly continue to wait for Shenmue III. I've spent this much time waiting, no point in stopping now.
  • DirkSteele1 - January 5, 2012 4:27 a.m.

    Would be rather nice to see part III arrive, though I will not hold my breath for fear of turning blue and cold. I am lucky enough to have a copy of the original on the Dreamcast signed by Yu Suzuki himself which holds pride of place among my videogame memorabilia collection. But it would be topped just by being able to finish the story.

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