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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

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Comments (49 posts)

Snaaaake
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:08:23 PM
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What kind of game Shenmue was?
Was it the Japan's GTA?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:16:17 PM

No, it's kind of an RPG. It's about immersion, QTE's, some fighting, and a lot of detective kind of work.

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Oxvial
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:53:36 PM

LOL I find funny how people say that about the Yakuza games, but come on! Shenmue gonna have the curse of...''its like japanese gta?'' too?

Funny thing its that those games are more rpg than FFXIII.



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Kevadu
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 2:49:37 AM

A *lot* of games are more RPG than FFXIII...

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Oxvial
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 6:06:35 AM

Yes but people don't mistake those *lot* of games with gta.

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hadouken
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:10:19 PM
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You just made my day. I was hoping the big Sega announcement would be Shenmue 3 or Streets or Rage 4.

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mike rlz
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:38:32 PM

I would kill for another streets of rage!!!

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Kai200X
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:14:26 PM
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I've never play Shenmue before because I think it was on Sega Saturn and Dreamcast? I'm not sure... but I heard good things about them so if it's indeed a PS3 exclusive I'll be very excited for sure. It should be quite a game now it's on PS3.

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webberfan
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 11:04:32 AM

down with this sort of thing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:17:28 PM
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Wow I was speculating about this in the forums recently. I loved the first one on Dreamcast, I didn't start the second until way later and the graphics and poor voice acting were nolonger groundbreaking so I never finished it.

Part of me hopes they keep that bad voice acting:
"Do you know where I can find some sailors?"

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Mavfan321
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 5:42:50 PM

Amongst my friend I can only relate on Shenmue with one dude, and he does great impressions of the voice acting.

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Deleted User
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:22:04 PM
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You know, I love Shenmue. Played the first one on the DC and the second on the Xbox. I really want to see some closure on the story of Ryo Hazuki and Lan Di. However, I'm not going to believe it until I see it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:40:52 PM

unfortunately a third wouldn't be any closure, the thing was slated for like a million episodes, I actually forget how many.

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Hitch
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:03:54 PM

@World: Unfortunately you are misinformed. Shenmue has been planned as a trilogy since the start.

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Deleted User
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:23:01 PM

They said it would be 15 Chapters. The first game was Chapter 1 and the second game was 2-4.

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360fan
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:56:23 PM

Yeah but they planned on getting everything done in 3 games

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:00:37 AM

5-15 then? Did they know that blu ray was coming? Haha.

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360fan
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:04:22 AM

@Brighat: And you mean chapters 3-6 not 2-4.

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Hitch
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 2:11:34 AM

Yeah thats 3-6 not 2-4

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Hitch
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:03:46 PM
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OMG!!!!!!

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Alienange
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:13:12 PM
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What the hell is Shenmue? A Japanese adventure game? Yikes. If they're killing Japanese RPGs I wonder what they'll do to the adventure games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:01:10 AM

Why don't you people know about Shenmue!?

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aaronisbla
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:59:40 AM

because Dreamcast didn't catch on like Sega hoped, therefore killing any interest one may have had for the second game since they didnt play the first

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Alienange
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:47:56 AM

What the hell is a Dreamcast?

Alright, just kidding. At the time it was all PC gaming for me. For some reason buying a $200 graphics card made more sense to me than buying a $200 console. I know, weird huh?

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Hitch
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:15:23 PM
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Oh yeah and Ben if Shenmue 3 is indeed announced I can pretty much guarantee it'll be a 360 exclusive. Either way its still a D1B for me!!!

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godsman
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:34:25 PM
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I heard great things about this game, yet I know nothing about it. i heard it sold horribly cause it was on dreamcast and xbox. I heard people comparing it to Heavy Rain.

Whatever kind of game it is, Sega did not disappoint me this generation at all. I will look forward to this game.

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Mavfan321
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 1:27:44 AM

It's amazing, it really is kind of a simulation of the characters life in some ways. It's not so much about the fighting though there is some as it is about uncovering the circumstanced of the main characters father's death. I literally would spend a lot of time at vending machines and getting nice little Sonic figurines.

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DazeOfWar
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:35:11 PM
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It would be nice if they packed in 1 & 2 with it.

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FxTales
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:49:19 PM

I wouldn't mind that idea of including the first two. I always wanted to play the first one when I was young but didn't have a Dreamcast.

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Superman915
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:38:32 AM

oh man, that simply would be too freakin sweet. make it happen Sega.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:03:04 AM
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Long live Dreamcast! It's still handy dandy for emulating NES, Master System, and Genesis. The SNES emulator has never worked 100% though. Good thing I have an xbox1 for that.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:14:08 AM
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This would be a great move for Sega

By the way, it wouldn't be a great idea to make it a 360 exclusive since you'd be cutting off Japan (where it will probably sell the most) and most of Europe

And if it's true, they better package the first two games in it

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Hitch
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:18:09 AM

Yeah but they already stated the only way they'll make it is if they get the funding from one of the big 3 and it would be exclusive.

Sony doesn't really do that but guess who does...

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Alienange
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:51:53 AM

Come on Hitch, you honestly think Microsoft gives a rat's ass about Shenmue? MS pays big bucks for big games.

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Hitch
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 2:35:29 PM

@Alienage: They did about Shenmue 2. So why not Shenmue 3???

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___________
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:34:16 AM
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i would freak if this turns out to be true, but ill be in a cold hard grave before we see this happen!

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Mavfan321
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 1:25:26 AM
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Shenmue is hands down one of my favorite games from it's era, so count me in on the excited column.

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Temjin001
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 1:41:47 AM
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Shenmue + Blast Processing = Get

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Dante399
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 2:19:54 AM
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YESSSSS!!!!!! I really hope it is for real. I've been waiting for this for a lot of years now :')

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 3:13:56 AM
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Maybe this only means they are bringing 1&2 to the PSN like Sega was talking about doing with old DC games. I bet if they did it with Sonic Adventure 1&2 they would sell well.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 6:55:29 AM

Extacly what i was thinking, i would certainly buy tem both and the third game. I really hope they do this i played thefirst one last week and it was such a thril. Its a game that NEEDS a conclusion and if they actually give us it, i would be very happy lets just say that.

I'm curious to why it would be a PS3 exclusive though. Shenmue II was re-released on the XBOX1 not the PS2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 4:31:52 PM

Well it's because Sega is on record saying that Shenmue III would be a spendy endeavor and they would only do it if one side or the other paid them for exclusivity.

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isaya85
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:46:22 AM
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This rumor is old...didn't they say this last year or in 2008?? I remember this rumor

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Alienange
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:57:23 AM

There was no rumor in 2008 about Shenmue III being at E3 2010.

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Shadow2222
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 8:57:03 AM
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There is no rumor about 2010. I looked all over the Spanish site referenced and there is a rumor from 2008 about Shenmue/Unreal Engine being at E3 2008. Didn't happen.

For some reason I'm guessing the article linked here saw that and did not see the date.

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RaGeQuiT
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 9:39:59 AM
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i hope is true please sony make this happen.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 11:17:15 AM
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Never played Shenmue during the DreamCast days. My friends loved it though.

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jdt1981
Sunday, May 23, 2010 @ 12:58:25 AM
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Please let this be true! Hopefully they also put the first two Shenmue games on the same disk or put them on the PS store for $5 to $10.

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ro kurorai
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 8:28:32 AM
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Shenmue III as a PS3 exclusive?! Awesome! Shall the rumor actually turn out to be true at E3, it's so sold for me ^^.

Seems inda like saying sorry to all PS fans for the crappy porting job they did with Bayonetta XD

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