Shenmue Creator To Hold Port-Mortem On Game At GDC

By Ishaan . November 26, 2013 . 1:00pm

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki will be holding a post-mortem on the game at the 2014 Game Developers Conference, Gamasutra reports. Suzuki’s talk will be translated by Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the PlayStation 4.


Suzuki will begin the talk by discussing the origins of Shemue as an RPG based on the Virtua Fighter series, originally in development for the Sega Saturn. He will go on to reveal how the game ended up in its final form on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999.


The session will be an hour long in length. GDC 2014 will take place in San Francisco, California from March 17th –21st, 2014.

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  • Merveilles Lespace

    Oh hey, it’s cool to see Mark Cerny and Yu Suzuki continuing to hang out. I wonder if their talks on Shenmue 3 ever went anywhere?

  • artemisthemp

    Hopefully they can get Shenmue 1-2 HD on PS4

    • Max

      And then finally we’ll have Shenmue 3.

  • Pdugna

    So expect threads saying “OMG SHENMUE 3 CONFIRMED” and such?

  • mirumu

    Is “port-mortem” in the title a typo? I could understand that pun being used given the game’s history, but the Gamasutra article doesn’t reference that term anywhere.

    That said, I can’t say I like seeing “Shenmue” and “post-mortem” in the same sentence. I mean you only give a post-mortem to someone who is dead. >_>

    • AdventureTimeFinn

      Post-mortem in game design is a term used to talk about the game after they are done making it. Usually discussing what went wrong more than what went right.

      • mirumu

        Sure, but it’s not a term without other connotations.

        • 60hz

          its a common term in the game industry for a discussion that occurs AFTER your game has launched…

          • mirumu

            *sigh* So serious. I guess my humor is too subtle.

          • CureMarine

            No, your humor is just shit.

          • mirumu

            I’m sorry if that’s how you feel.

          • I still like you! I don’t know why everyone was being mean.

          • mirumu

            These things happen to us all sometimes. Thanks though.

          • Learii

            the game would be cool if the game is like ” ps2 Jet Li Rise to Honor” because when the chars in Hong Kong they speak Chinese with English sub-tittle when the chars move to usa they speak engilsh I like it when they do that

  • yellowmage

    “The session will be an hour long in length.”

    Trope detected: Department of Redundancy Department

  • idrawrobots

    I remember seeing that HD remakes of 1 & 2 were done and that Sega was sitting on them.

    • doubleO7

      It turned out to be a bogus rumor. Or rather, they may have actually been worked on at one point before being canned, but the employee that leaked this information was not aware that they were already cancelled (or maybe he did know, but wanted to tease us anyways).

      • idrawrobots

        That is a huge disappointment. I would buy them so quickly.

  • thaKingRocka

    You can’t perform a post-mortem on something that is still alive. We will find Lan Di someday. Hope never dies.

    • Aoshi00

      I know, I still haven’t given up either. Lots of old series get revived even after a long time when you least expect it, shenmue was totally before its time.. we will find that bastard Lan Di yet! We got Drakengard 3.. If we get Shenmue 3, I would die happy..

      • thaKingRocka

        Today’s news is very promising.

        • Aoshi00

          As long as its not mobile lol.. yeah there’s always rumor and hoaxes to get people’s hopes up, but my hope still lives on.. Sleeping dogs which I loved felt like a Shenmue to me.. I’m actually not too big a fan of yakuza.. if they could milk yakuza so much they should give ryo a damn chance to find Lan di :(

    • Göran Isacson

      I am going to be “that guy” now and say that a post mortem is “in video game terms”, a document describing a developers experiences with working on a game, what they’ve learned, what they liked and what they could have done better. Not necessarily a euology on the franchise itself.

      Of course there’s the possibility you already knew that and I just ruined your joke, in which case: my bad.

      • thaKingRocka

        It’s your bad, but no worries. :)

  • doubleO7

    Hmm. Remember when Adam Boyes said this regarding Sony’s “Big List of Games”?
    ““I would say within the next six months we’ll have at least one if not a few announcements to make.”

    I wonder… not that I’m actually expecting anything though :/

  • Sesshomaru

    Who cares! Make 3. I’m still stuck in that stupid cave. I wish I’d never played it.

  • Ideally, this means Shenmue III is coming on possibly PS4 which may peeve those only wanting one console and having to decide between Killer Instinct and this game.

  • Anthony Birken

    Shenmue, it’s been so long since I played that~

  • Sergio Briceño

    T_T I always thought we could get a live action shenmue or manga to continue the series…

  • Learii

    keep the Japanese audio too <3

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Well, since it’s a live event where a man will be speaking Japanese…

  • leingod

    I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Ryo’s journey… but I’ve already lost any hope on ever seeing a follow-up game to Shenmue 2. Even if the Yakuza team could do it in a snap.

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