S.D asked Suzuki if there was anything the fans could do to help him get the ball rolling on development, to which he said:
“Fans from all around the world have kept providing me support and I can’t thank them enough. About Shenmue, Sega is not a problem at all. For Shenmue III, we need to define a specific budget and if I can gather enough for it, Sega will allow me to do it.”
Suzuki then went on to say:
“I am pretty sure that Sega doesn’t want to take any financial risks regarding Shenmue. That’s why I have to gather the necessary budget for it. Anyway, even if I would like to work on other projects beside Shenmue, if I ever get the opportunity to work on the 3rd part, I will do it. And to be honest, I do not think that anyone else can properly accomplish Shenmue III the way I’d like to do it.”
This will be music to the ears of Shenmue fans who have been waiting for a sequel to Shenmue 2 for over 10 years, with the first release for Dreamcast coming in 2001 and a re-release for the Xbox coming 2002. That wasn’t all, as Suzuki then stated after being asked about money issues and the path that the story will go down that if he had his way, the story would run up to Shenmue 5:
“The story is far away from being completed and to be honest, I do not think that it’s possible to end it during Shenmue III. If I had to do it my way, players would experience the ending during Shenmue V. But that seems to be a lot so I’m going to try to finish it within the next 2 games.”
There has been talk about a HD remake of 1 and 2 for todays gaming generation, and in my opinion, it would be a welcome addition to the current gaming landscape and peoples gaming collections. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.