Sega's top brass have acknowledged the overwhelming reader response to CVG's 'Would you buy Shenmue 3?' feature - and told fans that their dream may not be dead yet.
Our 'Debate' article generated over 100 comments from readers earlier this month - with many more on CVG's Facebook page and around the web.
Nearly all responses were positive. Only 777's post summed up the mood: "I would buy Shenmue 3 even if it cost me my soul."
The president of Sega West, Mike Hayes, noted the reaction. He told CVG:
"While at present we have no plans for the franchise [on next-gen consoles], the response to CVG's question has certainly shown the Shenmue legacy ignites a lot of passion among fans. Never say never..."
So there you have it. There is a light, and it never goes out.
Meanwhile, Sega is preparing a new Shenmue for iPhone and PC.
Shenmue City will act as a 'side-story' to the original Dreamcast classic. It will be free-to-play, with in-game items to buy.
Sega is yet to slap a release date on the title - or hint that it will ever make its way outside of Japan.