Hey everybody! It’s that time again! It’s time to GET! YOUR! HOPES UP!!! *Thunderous applause*
In a really interesting interview with the folks over at Shenmue Master, series creator Yu Suzuki dangled that tantalizing ol’ Shenmue III carrot yet again. This time around, Suzuki is saying that he thinks he can negotiate with Sega to obtain Shenmue’s rights, allowing him to finally move forward with the long-awaited third chapter in the beloved series.
Surprisingly, despite how excited I am, I do find this news to be just a little bittersweet. Suzuki is the only man I’d want in control of the final chapter of this beloved saga, but I count Shenmue as one of Sega’s aces in the hole–a series that has yet to be equaled in style. Losing the franchise certainly wouldn’t be a devastating blow to the company’s identity or reputation, but the concept of a Shenmue game without Sega’s electric blue letters attached to it does sting a bit. Eh, I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too. What do you guys think?