It wasn’t long ago the impossible happened Shenmue 3 confirmed at the E3 Game show held by Sony brought together by “Yu Suzuki of YS NET” & “Cedric Biscay of Shibuya Productions“, “Adam Boye’s” & “Gio-Corsi” – (Sony 3rd Party Development Division).
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Since then, there has been a huge spike in (Dreamcast and Shenmue 1 & 2) sales on Ebay.
Yu Suzuki would very much like to have Shenmue 1 & 2 released possibly in HD on consoles & PC, either as digital downloads or hard copies, that new gamer’s and die-hard fans can experience Shenmue in it’s entirety.
Whenever I talk to the fans especially the older generation. It might just be because of nostalgia or just fan loyalty to Sega and the Dreamcast, the DC has always come-up trumps being one of most respected and innovated consoles to come out for it’s time and in history, that set new president in “Home Entertainment Systems“.
In the-late 90’s and early 2000 well…. Reception depending if you were fan of Sega and the Dreamcast or Sony fan-boy, comes across as mixed bag of sentiments.
What I am trying to say is; if you are hard-core DC fan it’s hard to put into words just how frustrating it was that the Sega Dreamcast was being shelved and no more games would be made for the console. I think the Dreamcast only had like 2 year run for it’s time.
Incredibly short, you could put this down to the hype of the PS2 and new DVD technology and Sega over stretching it’s resource’s eg: In “Hardware” consumers had no real interest in such “Add-Ons” for the “16-BIT Mega-Drive & the Sega Saturn“.
The Sega Saturn which is basically super “2D” console basically Mega-Drive on steroids but was later forced to run in 3D. This only came about because Sega realized what the PS1 was capable in hardware, which meant they could focus on games created in “3D”.
Due to the ever changing shift in technology and what consumer wanted, growing interest in “3D” games at this point time in 90’s, which cost Sega dearly, this was basically the first stepping stone that lead to the downfall of Sega from the “home entertainment system market”.
Sega Dreamcast basically last ditch effort by Sega to try and regain control of the console market and with a hardcore development team like “AM2” and “Sonic Team” that made such awesome games, you would think it would have been safe bet. Sadly this never materialized well into console’s sold and in profit’s for Sega.
It was truly mind blowing shock for Sega Fans. The Sega Dreamcast was so far ahead of anything for it’s time in technological and graphical terms and the ever in-pending “PS2” looming on the horizon consumer’s were more than happy to wait-out for the “PS2”.
I remember this quite well back then we never had social networking sites as we do now in late 90’s early 2000, gaming politics and flame wars were done on the school playground; the amount of arguments I would get into how Dreamcast is a must have console, somewhere some how this worked against Sega and the Dreamcast and everyone got into there head’s Playstation 2 would be far superior console, but also being the cheapest DVD player on the market, it was hopeless time for Sega and the DC.
I miss those early day’s of my gaming life manage to get A* for media assignment: Gaming Related Magazine I created which also featured Shenmue 2: Fun times 🙂 check it out below, my spelling pretty awful back then still is now but meh to the grammar Nazi’s!!!
Being honest and to be frank: I did not get “PS2” because I was so resentful that it killed any chances of the games I wanted to play on DC in the coming future and thought at the time PS2 was actually inferior to the DC in many way’s such as; no anti-aliasing. Dreamcast games that were ported to “PS2” just looked terrible in comparison, then to add-icing on the cake; Shenmue 3 also gets cancelled or forever pending state.
What I find interesting about Sega they have still managed to stay relevant; might not believe this but Sega console “The Master System 3” is actually one of the most popular console’s in Brazil at this moment in time. There was sharp spike in “3rd party mega drive re-hashes” over the Christmas period last year apparently like 400% increase in sales.
Now here we are in 2015; “Shenmue 3” got crowd funded in record breaking time, there’s a on-going petition for a successor to the Dreamcast or maybe even (Dreamcast 2).
Think about it for a moment: Imagine there was Dreamcast 2 successor you could also play Shenmue 3 on. These are long odds I know… and we all know what Sega can be like when it comes to it’s fan base and business decisions it just be a dream come true.
I guess one of the awesome things about being a gamer and fan if you are passionate believe in something, you work hard, you never know that one day that dream might also come true.