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Sega: Yu Suzuki's Not Working Here Anymore
Posted By: John Manalang - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:30 AM

Update: Epic fail by Sega of America President Simon Jeffrey. As Kotaku reports, Jeffrey reinstated that one of Sega's creative force, Yu Suzuki, is still in the company's payroll as a leading "creative officer". Big sigh of relief there for Suzuki fans. So look at the story below as a motivation to watch what you say, before it gets out of hand...and make Sega fans cry.

The man behind Sega's Shenmue game series, and Virtua Fighter 4 is no longer employed with the company. Sega of America president Simon Jeffrey said that the talented Yu Suzuki has gone on his own venture.

"Last I heard, he was doing some online stuff in China," said Jeffrey. As Kotaku points out, Suzuki-san also worked on classic arcade titles such Out Run, Space Harrier, Virtuta Cop and Hang On - the first title he helped program when he joined Sega in 1983. But unfortunately his stellar career with Sega won't continue anymore as he is "kind of his own man right now," as Jeffrey said.

It's too bad that Shenmue III's existence is no longer possible with the given situation. Suzuki has been reported working on a MMO Shenmue title, but it never got to see the light of day. Shenmue, developed by Sega-AM2, was originally released for the Sega Dreamcast in November 2000.

Kotaku: Shenmue Creator Yu Suzuki No Longer At Sega


Posted by that311guy123 - Wednesday, August 13, 2008 1:14 AM
I'm glad the story turned out to be false

Shenmue III FTW!

Posted by optimum5 - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 4:54 PM
If Sega actually made Shenmue 3, without Yu Suzuki, and it actually turned out good, we Shenmue fans would still play it. Ofcourse ideally, I'd rather have Yu Suzuki at the helm.

Posted by oOIrrelevantOo - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:16 PM
'I was wondering if you knew anything about the 4 woo-doo'.
HA! I love mega64.

Posted by blakseed - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:20 PM
What about A new Virtua Fighter game. Has that franchise gone the way of Shenmue?

Posted by DAREALGUMMY - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:51 AM
Well...the Shenmue dream is over.

Posted by berserker325 - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10:03 AM
man that sucks big time

Posted by Tmidiman - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 9:26 AM
It's a sad day indeed.

Well I still say that playing John Woo's Stranglehold might as well be considered playing Shenmue 3.

The game takes place 30 years later. Ryu stayed in china, married, and had a son who joined the police form when he grew up. His nick-name is Taquila abd he fights with a gun.

Same graphics as Shenmue. Enjoy!

Posted by Juicelee - Tuesday, August 12, 2008 9:26 AM
in a perfect world yu- susuki could secure the rights to shenmue and take it to a developer who would actually make shenmue 3 (and make it epic) like i dunno square-enix or even namco

but alas the world is not perfect :(

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