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Shenmue 3's concept exists and... eh, it wants you to choose between a cat, a dog, a bird and a monkey

There’s nothing quite like the business they call ‘show’, is there? Or, in this case, the wacky world of games. Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has been speaking about the long awaited third instalment of his legendary series, and apparently he’s already got some fairly concrete ideas in place. Inside, you’ll find out why one of those ideas revolves around choosing between a bird and a monkey.


Above: Shenmue City ain't no consolation for folk waiting for a proper sequel to Ryo's last adventure

In an interview with 1UP Suzuki was keen to emphasise the role choices might play if Shenmue 3 ever gets made. He said: "The concept for Shenmue 3 already exists, so... The world of Shenmue 1 and 2 expanded outward. But Shenmue 3 doesn't expand outward, but inward. A lot of the dialogue is used for the main character and especially dialogue with Shenhua. They talk about a lot of different, deeper things.”

He then gives an example, and this is where the monkeys come into play. "This is not actually in the game, but as an example to give you an idea of what I mean by deeper dialogue, when Shenhua and Ryo are at home, Shenhua will ask Ryo if he would like to drink tea or coffee and the player will select one or the other.”

"Or, Shenhua will ask Ryo a hypothetical question like: 'There are four animals; a monkey, cat, dog and bird. You are crossing the river but you need to leave one behind. Which one will you leave behind?' And the player has to choose one.” Suzuki proclaimed.


Above: We'd go monkey every single time

We don’t know about you, but we started to put our fingers in our ears and hum loudly at the ‘not actually in the game’ part. Go on Yu, mate. Stick the river animal crossing scenario in there. We’ll love you forever. Actually, just concentrate getting Shenmue 3 commissioned first.

Dec 8, 2010

Source: 1UP


8 comments

  • DreamWeaverPL - December 9, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    Choosing between tea and coffee is supposed to be an example of DEEP DIALOGUE? WTF? Are they retarded? And what kind of question is that, to choose between those four animals. OF COURSE you should leave the BIRD behind, because the BIRD is a BIRD and therefore has WINGS which enable it to FLY OVER THE GODDAMN RIVER. Besides, birds are stupid, duh.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - December 8, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Wonder how much it cost Sega...
  • Vulneratus - December 8, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Hilarious If the choices were between the animals pictured, you'd obviously leave the monkey behind cos' he'd sink the damn boat... What is this anyway some kind of japanese slant on the old 'chicken, fox, chicken-feed' scenario?? Screw it, I'd leave them all behind and go get some of those awesome collectible figurines Ryo is obsessed with.
  • Vulneratus - December 8, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Hilarious If the choices were between the animals pictured, you'd obviously leave the monkey behind cos' he'd sink the damn boat... What is this anyway some kind of japanese slant on the old 'chicken, fox, chicken-feed' scenario?? Screw it, I'd leave them all behind and go get some of those awesome collectible figurines Ryo is obsessed with.
  • chrisda - December 8, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Any Shenmue news is good news
  • Japanaman - December 8, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    I'd leave the bird. It can fly over, swim over, or walk over depending on the bird. The bird was sick or injured, I'm make the dog swim across unless it was a toy dog. If there were trees nearby, I'd make the monkey swing across.
  • oryandymackie - December 8, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    You'd leave the bird, really, wouldn't you? It could just fly over the river.
  • Chevapravatdumrong - December 8, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Yay another mention of Shenmue for me to get my hopes up for, only yo get disappointed.

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