By Samit Sarkar on Nov 26, 2013 11.26.13
Yu Suzuki, the renowned game designer behind the Shenmue series, will discuss the creation of the original Shenmue in a postmortem lecture at the 2014 Game Developers Conference, the convention's organizers announced today. Game designer Mark Cerny, who most recently served as the PlayStation 4's lead system architect at Sony, will translate the hourlong Classic Game Postmortem into English. Suzuki will begin with Shenmue's origins as a Virtua Fighter-based role-playing game for the Sega Saturn, and explain the game's evolution into the influential RPG classic that launched on the Dreamcast in December 1999 in Japan and in November 2000 in the West. The session will be livestreamed on GameSpot's website. GDC 2014 will take place from March 17-21, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on May 01, 2013 05.01.13
Collectible company First 4 Figures' Shenmue statue of Ryo Hazuki is available for pre-order now. The statue was announced in December of last year with a brief teaser image. Ryo is available in a regular edition, priced $169.99, and an exclusive edition, $184.99. Both are approximately on a 1/6 scale at 12-inches tall and made of hand-painted polystone with numbered bases. There will be 750 copies of the regular edition statues available. The exclusive edition, which features Ryo standing on the game's Phoenix Mirror, will only have 350 copies. Figures are expected to ship in Q4 of this year. Check of more photos of the regular edition Ryo statue here, or the exclusive edition here.
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 04, 2013 03.04.13
Writer, director and creator of the Shenmue series, Yu Suzuki, is considering a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the development of Shenmue 3, according to a recent tweet of French journalist and presenter, Sebastien-Abdelhamid. Abdelhamid interviewed Suzuki at the Monaco Anime Game Show, a video game, manga and anime convention which runs from March 2-3. The presenter’s full interview with Suzuki will be published on Canal Street.TV. Abdelhamid also tweeted that Yuziki wants to continue the Shenmue story alongside the game as a Manga or anime. Shenmue is an open-world adventure game first published on the Dreamcast in 1999. The story revolves around protagonist Ryo Hazuki and his journey to avenge his father's death. The sequel, Shenmue 2, was published in 2001 on the Dreamcast....
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Dec 28, 2012 12.28.12
First 4 Figures, a collectible company best known for its work on The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Sonic the Hedgehog figurines, is crafting a Ryo Hazuki statue in tribute to 1999's Shenmue. Shemue, an open-world adventure title, released on Dreamcast. The game followed protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he set out to avenge his father's death. First 4 Figures expects to have the Ryo Hazuki statue ready for pre-order in early 2013. No pricing details, design specifics or release dates were given. You can see the teaser image below.