Rumor: Sega To Announce Shenmue III As A PS3 Exclusive
'sigh' When the real news tails off for the weekend, rumors and speculation typically takes its place. Forgive us.
Anyway, fans of the Shenmue titles for the Sega Dreamcast have long since hoped for a revival on a PlayStation platform. For a while, it was believed that Shenmue III would indeed show up on the PS3 but there was never any concrete evidence of such a project. However, you can't keep a good rumor down: as noted by Right-n-Real citing Spanish website Meristation, the long-awaited third installment is very real, and Sega will actually unveil it at E3 next month as a huge PS3 exclusive. Apparently, this is the game for which Sega signed their license extension for the Unreal Engine. The teasing text:
"He shall come from a far eastern land across the sea. A young man who has yet to know his potential. This potential is a power that could either destroy him or realize his will. His courage shall determine his fate. The path he must traversed brought with adversity. I await whilst praying, for this destiny predetermined since ancient times. Awaiting in anticipation. A dragon emerges from the earth as ominous clouds fill the sky. A phoenix descends from the heavens trailing purple from its wings. The pitch-black night unfolds with the morning star as its only light. And thus, the saga begins..."
Well, that's all very poetic but it doesn't exactly confirm anything. However, we've been looking at a number of possible PS3 exclusive announcements at E3 next month, and if Shenmue III is indeed one of them, that's going to make one hell of a big splash. In the meantime, if you wish to play something similar go pick up Yakuza 3. It's worth your time.
5/21/2010 9:16:26 PM Ben Dutka