Shenmue fans around the world rejoice! And then sigh in disappointment. A recent press release has announced a game, called Shenmue City (or Town, dependent on translation) for the Yahoo! Mobage service, a joint venture by Yahoo! Japan and DeNA to combine PC social gaming and mobile phone social gaming. I don’t really know what they mean by social gaming but this is NOT Shenmue 3. It is most likely re-using some of the assets from the uncompleted MMORPG Shenmue Online, as that sounds like it matches their social network. Hopefully more will be announced soon, but with this and Ryo’s appearance in “Sonic & Sega’s All Star Racing” (sometimes featuring Banjo & Kazooie) this is more action than the Shenmue series has seen in years. If only I could get my hands on one of those Ryo forklift figures.
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