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Shenmue pain continues as social game shuttered

Mobile title dead just one year after release...

Poor old Shenmue - things just never work out do they?


If you've been rabidly consuming any possible news on Shenmue 3 for the past year or so, chances are you've heard of the social mobile game Shenmue City. It was released exclusively in Japan on mobile gaming platform Mobage in December 2010, but now, just one year after release, the game has been shut down.

The news was confirmed via a message left on the developer's official website confirming the end of the service and thanking players.

As a free-to-play title, supported with micro-transactions, Shenmue City was intended to continue the plot of the series. The game was also planned to come to internet browsers at some point, but it now looks like that won't be the case.

This will no doubt be another letdown for fans and possibly sours the chances of a third entry in the legendary series even more - which is saying a lot.

Series creator, Yu Suzuki, has expressed a desire to create a third title, and has said that Sega will probably let him make it, but the number one issue they face is budget, which is unsurprising given that Shenmue 1 and 2 were the most expensive games of their time.

Still, keep shouting for it, because Sega are listening.

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]