Sunsoft Are Publishing Shenmue Town In Japan

By Ishaan . November 1, 2010 . 10:00am


If you’re just getting caught up, Shenmue Town was originally announced as a digital PC game for the Yahoo! Mobage site — a collaboration between DeNA’s digital Mobage Town platform and Yahoo! in Japan.


So just what is Shenmue Town? For SEGA fans back in the days of the Dreamcast, Shenmue and its sequel were high on the list of gaming priorities. The games were open-world action-adventure titles with a heavy focus on telling a dramatic story.


The Shenmue games are now famous for being some of the most expensive projects undertaken by SEGA. If you’re having a hard time drawing up an image in your head, think of SEGA’s newer Yakuza series as a spiritual successor to the Shenmue franchise.


New details reveal Shenmue Town to be a “gaiden” (sidestory) game set in the city of Yokosuka, which is where the first Shenmue game took place. The game is being developed by YS Net under the supervision of SEGA and published, surprisingly, by Sunsoft.


Additionally, it appears Shenmue Town isn’t just a PC game — it’s also a mobile game on the Mobage Town platform, although it’s unclear as whether there will be any differences between the two versions. Like other Mobage titles, Shenmue Town is free-to-play with a micro-transaction model that relies on users buying items in the game with real money.


SEGA and Sunsoft are pushing Shenmue Town pretty hard, too. The game is being referred to as the long-awaited revival of the Shenmue franchise. The game’s official Twitter feed indicates that pre-registration for Shenmue Town, set to launch this winter, has already begun.

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  • “The game is being referred to as the long-awaited revival of the Shenmue franchise.”

    ….F* you SEGA!!!

    • Hey, calm down there! It’s a full fledged…. Gaiden chapter for PC-social network and cellphones… and not even developed internally :/

    • I mean, if it ends up so that they get more money to do a real one, the more power to them.

      • OneOkami

        I feel that will never happen. And given the mastermind (and one the great game designers of all time) is effectively retired (and who knows what state AM2 is now relative to back then, I’m not sure I’d want to see a Shenmue 3 now.

        Having the story written is one thing, bringing that story to life is another.

        • If i’m no mistaken the Yakuza team consists of AM2 guys along with Amusement Vision guys (the two teams I believe SEGA combined together when they did the combine of teams back in 05). If you ask me the Yakuza team seems more then capable of making the third and final chapter that Shenmue truly deserves…now if SEGA will ever do it is a totally different story.

    • neon6

      The best statement you can make is with your wallet by skipping this.

  • Biggest slap in the face I have recieved in my life. Ever.

  • Biggest troll in gaming history.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I hope it picks up well and gets a lot of people interested in it. Hopefully, eventually down the road we’ll see digital ports of the first two and then a third game.

    I’m a dreamer D:

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