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Offline Team Yu

First Yakuza, next Shenmue?
« on: December 07, 2014, 04:41:13 AM »

Yes, we know. is not a Yakuza campaign site. So what does this news, that Sony is partnering with Sega to bring Yakuza 5 to the West, have to do with Shenmue?

Potentially, quite a lot.

Last year, Sony's new Third Party Productions team led by Gio Corsi held a long-running survey, asking fans to request games they wanted to see on PlayStation platforms. Speaking to Kotaku, Vice President of Publisher & Developer Relations Adam Boyes said of the results, "...we get a ton of requests for Yakuza, a ton of requests for Shenmue. We see the lists... And I think to date there's well over 10,000 mentions across like forum threads and stuff like that. So those are the ones we're focused on."

In Sega's announcement today of the Yakuza deal, their blog cited the same survey, saying "We’ve received so many requests from our fans to bring Yakuza 5 to the U.S. and Europe. Yakuza 5 also made the top of the list of Sony’s #BuidingTheList campaign led by Gio Corsi at Sony Computer Entertainment and we were moved by all the support given to Yakuza 5 by the PlayStation community."

This is far, FAR from guaranteeing any progress on the Shenmue front, but the fact that Boyes singled out both games as front runners and now a deal on the first has finally come to fruition is an encouraging sign. If Sony was serious about pursuing Yakuza, then there may be hope for Shenmue yet.

If indeed there have been talks between the two companies over Shenmue's future, a lot may ride on the success of this Yakuza 5 localization. We know that some fans of Ryo Hazuki see Kazuma Kiryu as the enemy, as some kind of pretender to the throne, but for the sake of maximizing whatever chance Shenmue has of being the next game on Sony's list to become a reality, we all need to be rooting for Yakuza 5 to sell well upon its international release and prove that Sega was wrong about the demand for this kind of game.

Reviving Shenmue, even starting with HD upgrades of the existing games, will require more work than simply localizing a recent PS3 title, so it's still a considerable leap to expect one thing to lead to another. But we are heartened by this step in the right direction, and hope the stars align to produce that glimmer of light we all wish to see at the end of the tunnel.


Offline Team Yu

Re: First Yakuza, next Shenmue?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 05:03:49 AM »
We'd also like to quote Matthew Kilpatrick of the Shenmue500K group on Facebook, who posted the following within the last few minutes:

I'm here at PSX, and I just met Gio Corsi. I showed him my Shenmue shirt and jacket, and let him know how much I'd love to see Shenmue on Playstation. He assured me that he hears our requests, and not to give up. "Hey, it took us a year just to get Yakuza in English," he told me. But they definitely are trying. He told me he's a Shenmue fan himself and has a Ryo on the forklift statue in his office. Nice dude. It kinda irriated me to see Yakuza but no Shenmue at first, but it's also proof that they are listening to people. Don't give up!

Offline jameswalker85

Re: First Yakuza, next Shenmue?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2014, 10:18:21 PM »
I got so excited when Gio Corsi started talking about #BuildingTheList. When he announced Yakuza 5, I literally banged my head against the wall. But now I feel much more positive than before.