As it become the norm, the latest interviews with Shenmue III director Yu Suzuki have been distorted in a variety ways by gaming “news” outlets across the Web, ranging from the willfully ignorant to the head scratchingly perverse.
Far from the worst culprit is GameSpot, whose misrepresentation of one part of the Dual Shockers interview is positively mild compared to some of the hyper cynical hatchet jobs vying for gamers’ tantalized clicks.
But GameSpot’s folly stands the biggest risk of being taken seriously even by fans of the game, so we feel it’s important to highlight it here. Or rather, we’ll let the author of the interview himself, Giuseppe Nelva, set the record straight.
Speaking on Twitter, the Dual Shockers writer has addressed GameSpot’s Rob Crossley:
“You should not misrepresent what a developer says for clicks. Yu Suzuki never ‘teased Xbox One plans.’ As the author of the interview, I’m appalled by the extreme twist for controversy.”
He went on to alert readers:
“Important clarification about GameSpot’s misleading article on Shenmue 3. I never asked about an Xbox One port. He never teased that. All I asked was about possible prior contacts with Microsoft. And he brushed it off with a joke. That is *all*.”
Xbox One owners have been clamoring for news of Shenmue III coming to this console ever since the game was announced on Sony’s stage at E3. While anything is possible in the future, we hate to see anyone’s hopes raised by a poorly written article on such a widely read website.
GameSpot is hardly public enemy number one when it comes to Shenmue, having streamed Yu Suzuki’s live Shenmue retrospective at last year’s GDC. But dud news is dud news, and we don’t feel it’s in anyone’s best interests but GameSpot’s advertisers to spread false information in pursuit of page views.
We advise all fans to be extremely wary of anything you read about Shenmue III that hasn’t come directly from official sources. Apply your own judgment and don’t let reporters interpret and sensationalize somebody’s words for you.
For more on this particular incident, head on over to Dual Shockers: