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Suzuki: 'Sega would let me do Shenmue 3'

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Yu Suzuki has said that Sega would let him make a third Shenmue game.

Speaking at a Game Developers Conference panel earlier this week, the series creator revealed that he wants to make Shenmue III but budgetary restraints are a stumbling block.

"Well, I want to make [a third game]," he said, according to Gamasutra. "About 200 people will buy it, I think. But funding is an issue."

With regards to the first game, Suzuki said that it was originally designed to be a Virtua Fighter RPG but the team went in a different direction.

Suzuki joked that the budget for the original Shenmue was "only $47 million", before adding: "We spent it on development and marketing... actually where did we spend it again?"

He later added: "Probably Sega will let me make it. I think. It's simply a problem of budget."

The designer has previously said that a concept exists for a third game, which would explore "deeper" issues and more dialogue.

Suzuki is currently developing Shenmue Town on mobile devices, which may receive a Western release on smartphones.

The last entry in the series, Shenmue II, was released on Xbox and Dreamcast in 2001.

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