During Yu Suzuki’s recent Reddit AMA, the Shenmue creator went into details about the up and coming Shenmue III – one of the more notable comments was regarding the future of the series itself.
“There are a total of 11 chapters that make up the whole story. Over the past 14 years I originally planned for there to 4 or five games to the series. If at all possible, I would still like to realize the full story of 11 chapters.”
The full context of the question can be found here. Yu Suzuki, elsewhere in the thread also talked about how the happiness of the gamers will help push forward Shenmue. “If the fans are not happy with 3 there will not be a 4. So I please hope we can together make this game the best it can be.”
Its responses like this that make you realize how much pressure is being placed onto the team working behind Shenmue III. The third installment of the franchise has been anything but a reality for the past 14 years. E3 2015, has been, the year of closure.
With a large amount of information shared about the Shenmue franchise in this AMA, its worth reading all of the questions within their context. Yu Suzuki didn’t hold back on sharing new details of the Kickstarter game.
But perhaps, the best moment of the AMA, would have to be in response to the question ‘Why do you create?’
Why does one climb the mountain?
The shark cannot breath when it does not swim.