The search for sailors continues, but not in a way that many will expect or like for that matter.
That's right, Sega famous (and infamous?) Shenmue series that's had players collecting toys, playing vintage arcade titles and racing forklifts is back! In a surprising move, Sega is bringing Ryo's next adventure, Shenmue Cities, from consoles and onto Yahoo's social media platform, Yahoo! Mobage. With Yahoo! Mobage just ramping up in Japan, this marks as one of the first big exclusive titles that players can expect from the service. Cities is expected to go live sometime this winter.
Yeah, it's not the sequel that most fans have been dying for since the cliffhanger ending seen in the series' second installment, but for some the transition into a social space makes a lot of sense. To me, the Shenmue series has always been about pushing the envelope of game production and how audiences define and interact with games. Another epic RPG-like console quest would feel like familiar territory for the series, so I'm happy that Sega is still willing to take a few chances with the brand. However, I am kind of miffed that fans outside of Japan will be largely excluded from experiencing the next chapter in the story.
[Shenmue Goes Social on Yahoo's New PC Service] andriasang.com