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09-22-2009, 09:28 PM
There Is A Thin Sliver Of Hope Once Again

Evidence of Shenmue III Discovered, Possibly Up for Sale

Tristan Oliver | July 17, 2009

http://www.tssznews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/shenmue01.jpgIs One GD-ROM the Disc So Many Want?
An anonymous news tip sent in to TSSZ News this morning may confirm the existence of what so many Sega enthusiasts want–a build, perhaps playable, of the on again, off again Shenmue III.
Though we are treating the story as rumor, it is alleged by our tipster that a photo of a GD-ROM is circulating in various collector and research sites, including X Cult. The GD-ROM, which we have a photo of below, is believed to have type in Japanese that translates to “Shenmue” with the Roman numeral III. The disc also has markings labeled “2/3,” perhaps indicating that a three disc set was planned–and could still exist.
http://www.tssznews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/pict0145b-236x200.jpg (http://www.tssznews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/pict0145b.jpg)
You can see that the GD-ROM appears to have been burned within Sega, with “Sega Confidental” a part of a labeling. We are told by our tipster that the source of the disc may be a former tester from Sega of Europe.
Will this build ever see the light of day beyond said tester? Our tipster alleges that negotiations are underway to secure a sale, and that X Cult may be involved in those negotiations. We cannot confirm these details due to the nature of what we know right now.
There are several reasons to treat the story as rumor, chief among them Sega’s decision to stop Dreamcast support in North America in 2001, and in Europe in 2002. But even though Shenmue II wasn’t even released in North America until 2002 as an XBox Exclusive, it was released on the Japanese DC in September of 2001. It is possible that development on Shenmue III may have immediately commenced after the release of the second game, possibly as a DC exclusive for Japan, where Sega kept supporting the system until 2006. Keep in mind that Yu Suzuki and company didn’t make up Shenmue as it went along–a clear, calculated story was formulated from the very beginning of Shenmue’s development, with games and sequels meant to incorporate and break up that story’s “chapters.” Still, with the Dreamcast’s demise well known domestically, why would a Sega of Europe tester still have a GD-ROM disc for review?
TSSZ News will certainly keep you informed of what’s going on regarding this possible build of Shenmue III, but again–we are treating the story as rumor until new details emerge.


I SO Fuckin Hope So.......I Would Even Play A Dreamcast Version

09-23-2009, 04:02 AM
It would be nice if it was true and thanks to the recent Sega/Sony meeting maybe it is