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What’s this Shenmue City all about, anyway? Here’s the first little details…

November 1, 2010

After the surprising announcement a while ago, AndriaSang did a little digging around and found some interesting tidbits about the new Shenmue game:

We’ve heard little about Shenmue City (“Shenmue Gai” in Japanese) following its announcement for the Yahoo! Mobage PC social gaming service a few weeks back. Today, the game’s publisher and operator (see below for who that is) at long last shared some details.

Shenmue City is a gaiden/sidestory style game in the Shenmue series, which currently consists of the original Shenmue (released December 1999) and Shenmue II (released September 2001).

Ys Net, a company formed by Shenmue father Yu Suzuki in November 2008, is developing the game as its first project. Sega is supervising the production. Sunsoft will be releasing and managing the game on both Yahoo! Mobage and its mobile counterpart, Mobagetown.

The game kicks off in Yokosuka, the setting of the original Shenmue. Players serve as the game’s main character themselves and follow a story. The game promises a number of characters, along with compelling visuals. It will have a social aspect, although Sunsoft has not shared details.

Source: AndriaSang

OK… That’s a lot to take in one sitting, so Yu Suzuki’s new company and seriously this like the second or third studio he tried to create after a while, but the way it set up, sorta feels like it’s the MIA Shenmue Online, this new game’s website features character artwork that resembles that game that never came to be. On a side note as AndriaSang noted, for the first time in many years, the official Shenmue website has been updated with a link to the upcoming game.

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