Look, if there is one game series that I’ve wanted to see continue it would have to be Shenmue. Shenmue was an open world game based around Ryo Hazuki, a Japanese teenager who witnessed his father’s brutal murder at the hands of Chinese mobster Lan-Di in the Hazuki Dojo. This led Ryo Hazuki on what started off as a rather naive quest through his local village asking about Lan-Di and his gang. Like, c’mon Ryo, do you really think that an old dude in a park feeding the pigeons is gonna have the inside scoop on some scary Chinese mobster?
As the original Shenmue picked up in pace Ryo was in a wealth of situations where he needed to use his Karate to protect himself and in time he got closer to finding his father’s murderer, which only made things more dangerous. Young Ryo Hazuki was growing up right before our eyes. The second installation saw Ryo off to China to hunt down Lan-Di which led him to a few different, dangerous locations. When Shenmue II concluded it left fans wanting more, with an epic cliffhanger that has left us all waiting for over 13 years now.
Yu Suzuki, the series’ creator, has been attempting to gain the rights to the Shenmue series throughout that time, as his relationship with Sega is still good, but not good enough to get them to hand over the reigns to the Shenmue series, apparently. Apparently there have been HD remasters of Shenmue and Shenmue II done for years now, awaiting a release on the PlayStation 3, only to not go anywhere thanks to disputes over the rights. Of course, that could just be rumor and hopefullness from Shenmue fans and maybe we’ll never see Ryo Hazuki again, but seeing him pop up in the occasional Sega game gives hope that they haven’t forgotten about Ryo Hazuki and his quest to find Lan-Di.
Well, the PlayStation 4 is set to finally launch in Japan and Sony released this trailer for the PS4 and fans have noticed something quite curious about it. Is this Ryo Hazuki sharing Killzone footage on Facebook? Does this mean anything? Is it a coincidence? Shenmue III confirmed, which, in turn, means Half-Life 3 confirmed?!