Poor Yu Suzuki. His dreams of completing Ryo Hazuki's epic Shenmue adventure on console have long been dashed, and now developer Ysnet has put the kibosh on Japanese mobile phone spinoff title Shenmue World. Meaning no more socially-networked dojos.
The Shenmue World
project kicked off in December 2010 when it was released on mobile phone networks across Japan. Rather than the action-adventure gameplay of the two Dreamcast Shenmue
games that we all remember, players instead created their own fighting dojo and competed with one another.
If it sounds a bit boring, that's because it largely was. But it was good enough for the mobile phone scene in Japan at the time, yet to become entranced with iPhone style smartphones and touch screen displays.
The closure of Shenmue World
came suddenly on Boxing Day, but no reason was given, instead simply thanking players for their support.