The Creators of Shenmue and Heavy Rain Have a Chat About Storytelling

Yu Suzuki and David Cage walk into a room. This isn't the setup of a joke, but rather what ends up being a thoughtful session of comparing notes over the methods of storytelling in Shenmue, Indigo Prophecy and the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls. Take a look—the relevant bit starts 22 minutes in. » 6/21/13 7:50am 6/21/13 7:50am

Report: Shenmue Creator Still Wants To Do Shenmue III

Back in 2010, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki said he wanted to do Shenmue III. Now, in 2013, he reportedly told a French journalist that he still wants to do Shenmue III. But this time, he's apparently thinking about doing a Kickstarter for the game. Progress! » 3/04/13 4:30am 3/04/13 4:30am

The Shenmue Game Nobody Wanted Is Dead

Shenmue III, the unfulfilled third entry in the Shenmue saga, is the game fans really want. Fans did not get that game. Instead, they got Shenmue Town. Nobody wanted Shenmue Town. And now, it's dead. » 1/03/12 9:30am 1/03/12 9:30am

Sega Legend All But Says Goodbye

Yu Suzuki, creator of games like Shenmue and Virtua Fighter, has been easing himself away from Sega ever since he opened his own studio, YS NET. He's now revealed that come September he'll be leaving his current job at Sega behind, remaining only as an "advisor". [Gamasutra] » 6/27/11 7:15am 6/27/11 7:15am

In Case Sega Forgot, Fans Still Really Want A Shenmue Sequel

Today we give the Speak-Up on Kotaku podium over to commenter Ryohumar, who wants to let Sega know there is still hope for redemption in the form of Yu Suzuki and Shenmue 3.

You know, since SEGA was taken over by Sammy, the company has lost a lot of what made it so special. Having grown up as the one kid with a Sega… » 4/07/11 11:20am 4/07/11 11:20am

The End Of The Shenmue Saga Would Have Been 'Tight,' Mega 64 Reveals

Will there ever be a Shenmue III? Maybe. But the long hoped for conclusion to the Shenmue saga is moot now, thanks to Sega legend Yu Suzuki revealing to Mega 64 how the story arc would have ended. Spoiler alert! » 3/07/11 3:40pm 3/07/11 3:40pm

How the Collapse of the Soviet Union Led to One Amazing Arcade Game

The collapse of the Soviet Union wasn't just a generation-defining moment that led to the end of the Cold War and disintegration of one of the largest communist states in the world, it also helped launch one of the great arcade fighting games. » 3/02/11 3:20pm 3/02/11 3:20pm

Shenmue III is Coming?

Speaking at a talk during the Game Developer Conference today, designer Yu Suzuki said that he thinks Sega is going to let him make Shenmue III. The audience broke into shouts and applause, and then Suzuki abruptly changed topics. » 3/02/11 2:03pm 3/02/11 2:03pm

A History of Sega's Arcade Brilliance in Two Pictures

Yu Suzuki is the man behind Sega's most important arcade games including such hits as Hang-On, After Burner II and Virtua Fighter. » 3/02/11 1:42pm 3/02/11 1:42pm

The 'Mother of Video Games' Yu Suzuki Gets His Due At GDC

Yu Suzuki, the man behind classic Sega video games Space Harrier, Out Run, Virtua Fighter and Shenmue, will be at this year's Game Developers Conference to receive a prestigious accolade, this year's Pioneer Award. » 2/11/11 4:30pm 2/11/11 4:30pm

Did You Know There Was Crazy Duck Racing In Shenmue II?

Why did Sega's beloved and ambitious Shenmue series fail to progress beyond its second game? Because Sega never really promoted one of Shenmue II's most spectacular features: underground duck racing. » 1/14/11 4:40pm 1/14/11 4:40pm

Shenmue Creator Keen For Overdue Shenmue III

Dreamcast saga Shenmue II ended on a cliffhanger. More than nine years later, fans still want closure and continue to demand a long overdue sequel to one of the most expensive games ever made. » 11/16/10 6:00am 11/16/10 6:00am

Mafia Wars Is Partially Responsible For The New Shenmue

If you're still rooting for Sega's ambitious Shenmue series, you may, someday, have Mafia Wars and Farmville maker Zynga to thank. » 11/15/10 4:40pm 11/15/10 4:40pm

Shenmue Creator Yu Suzuki "Retires" As Creative Officer At Sega

The creator of titles like Virtua Fighter, OutRun and Shenmue has "retired" from his Creative Officer position at Sega of Japan, Sega announced this week. But the company isn't done with Yu Suzuki just yet. » 4/03/09 9:40pm 4/03/09 9:40pm

Interested In Microchip Implants For Gaming? SEGA's Yu Suzuki Is...

Venerated SEGA developer Yu Suzuki (Hang-On, Virtua Cop) changed the way people played. His titles have been revolutionary regarding how players interact with arcade games and arcade game cabinets. But Suzuki thinks there's more than can be done. Like? » 12/05/08 2:00am 12/05/08 2:00am

Yu Suzuki Still Gainfully Employed At Sega

Sega president Simon Jeffery appeared to have misspoke » 8/12/08 4:40pm 8/12/08 4:40pm on the employment fate of famed game designer Yu Suzuki when he told Gamasutra that the creator was no longer employed at the company. Turns out, he is! Hooray! Said to be bearing the title Creative Officer of Sega Corp., Suzuki may be (extremely) low profile and…

Shenmue Creator Yu Suzuki No Longer At Sega

The hopes of a Yu Suzuki led Shenmue III » 8/11/08 4:40pm 8/11/08 4:40pm have just become ground into ever finer particles, as Sega of America president Simon Jeffery tells Gamasutra in a new interview that the legendary developer is no longer at the company. Jeffery says of Suzuki's status that "Last I heard, he was doing some online stuff in…