Breaking News: SHENMUE ONLINE confirmed!!!

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Breaking News: SHENMUE ONLINE confirmed!!!

Postby Kiyuu » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:45 am

JC Entertainment, a Korean Online game company announced on Aug. 3 that they're
developing Shenmue as an online game in collaboration with SEGA.

Here's the news by a Korean press in Japanese:

http://japanese.chosun.com/site/data/ht ... 00032.html

Shenmue Online has been developed since Feb. last year and is a big project being
spent 30 billion won (US$28 mil). They'll start closed beta test in this Nov. and
start open test service in the first half of the next year.

Press Conferance video

Shenmue Dojo download link:
http://www.fileplanet.com/dl.aspx?/plan ... online.wmv

http://218.66.17.138/movie/other/shenmue.zip
or http://dl.game.the9.com/etc/movies/2004 ... online.wmv

I'll add English version of the news upon finding any.

ADDED:
Now, the official announcement in English is available:
http://www.shenmue-online.com/pdf/20040 ... ish_HP.pdf

Also, the official site is open now: http://www.shenmue-online.com/

Here's the news at IGN: http://pc.ign.com/articles/535/535389p1.html

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Postby Asthenia® » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:50 am

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WHOIS information for domain shenmue-online.com

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Domain Name: SHENMUE-ONLINE.COM
Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE
Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com
Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com
Name Server: FIXER.SEGA.CO.JP
Name Server: NS2.SEGA.CO.JP
Status: ACTIVE
Updated Date: 26-jul-2004
Creation Date: 13-apr-2004
Expiration Date: 13-apr-2005


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Domain Name.......... shenmue-online.com
Creation Date........ 2004-04-14
Registration Date.... 2004-04-14
Expiry Date.......... 2005-04-14
Organisation Name.... digitalrex Co., Ltd.
Organisation Address. 1-2-12, haneda
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Ohta-ku
Organisation Address. 144-0043
Organisation Address. Tokyo
Organisation Address. JAPAN

Admin Name........... Masaya Saida
Admin Address........ 1-2-12, haneda
Admin Address........
Admin Address........ Ohta-ku
Admin Address........ 144-0043
Admin Address........ Tokyo
Admin Address........ JAPAN
Admin Email.......... [email protected]
Admin Phone.......... +81-3-5736-7320
Admin Fax............ +81-3-5736-7321

Tech Name............ Tetsu Nakamura
Tech Address......... Les Belles Modes bldg.
Tech Address......... 3-3 Kojimachi
Tech Address......... Chiyoda-Ku
Tech Address......... 102-0083
Tech Address......... Tokyo
Tech Address......... JAPAN
Tech Email........... [email protected]
Tech Phone........... +813.52752789
Tech Fax............. +813.52767537
Name Server.......... fixer.sega.co.jp
Name Server.......... ns2.sega.co.jp


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Well., this is time to celebrate. CHEERS
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Postby Captain Hazuki » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:52 am

A budget of 30 billion won which translates to nearly $26 million US, this is freaking amazing. Ok, it's not Shenmue 3, but they're obviously going to do something with the story. We will get more Shenmue, we're BACK baby!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Postby Daemos » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:56 am

Not particularly optimistic myself... I want S3 made by Sega alone, just as S1/2 were developed before... A third-party in the game usually only complicates things and results in a low-quality finished product...

Plus how the hell can a game like Shenmue be run ONLINE? Seriously. :?
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Postby Captain Hazuki » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:57 am

Quick Altavista translation:

ジェイシー, in cooperation with Sega to "シェンムー" online edition development


As for online game company "ジェイシーエンターテインメント" on the 3rd, the game company "Sega of Japan (SEGA)" with in cooperation, online game edition of the Sega game software "シェンムー" when it is in the midst of cooperation developing, was made clear.

シェンムー as game machine "dream cast" business for home in 99 in 1st feature, 2001 2nd in the series where feature is produced, the character a little more than of 1300 the enormous world is the super Daisaku game which materializes degree of freedom it is high e.g., it lives according to the respective schedule.

シェンムー online edition is developed in earnest from the February last year, it is the large-scale project where such as development expense the sum total 300 hundred million won are thrown and domestic marketing cost.

It is the schedule where シェンムー online edition starts the test service which is secret to the November this year, executes release test service during next year first half.


"シェンムー", of course, means Shenmue.
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Postby Captain Hazuki » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:01 am

whiteShadow wrote:Not particularly optimistic myself... I want S3 made by Sega alone, just as S1/2 were developed before... A third-party in the game usually only complicates things and results in a low-quality finished product...


It doesn't necessarily mean they're actually co-developing it. They may well just be helping Sega with the funding and publishing.

Plus how the hell can a game like Shenmue be run ONLINE? Seriously. :?


That, I don't know. I'll guess we'll find out.

The fact that this project is apparently very large-scale, with a budget similar to the previous Shenmue games, gives me enormous confidence.

It also doesn't say it's a PC game, although there's a strong chance it is. PC, I must admit, IS the best platform for massively online games.
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Postby nutjob_69 » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:03 am

this is odd how can shenmue b an online game how would it work?
and r they gonna carry on the story from where it left off
im confused!!!!!
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Postby DeadPool » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:06 am

yeah i mean no offense but 20 ryos walking around drinking sodas wont be a fun game
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Postby Bluecast » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:06 am

MY GOD THIS CAME OUT THE SAME DAY THIS NEWS CAME!!! http://dynamic4.gamespy.com/~shenmuedoj ... hp?t=17308


Please leave my letters big mods as i am that excited.
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Postby Kasp3r » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:07 am

...wierd.

so no news on shenmue 3 but there bringin out shenmue online?

could that be the big news for TGS?
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Postby rome » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:10 am

whiteShadow wrote:Not particularly optimistic myself... I want S3 made by Sega alone, just as S1/2 were developed before... A third-party in the game usually only complicates things and results in a low-quality finished product...

Plus how the hell can a game like Shenmue be run ONLINE? Seriously. :?


Yea, im not sure how Shenmue online would really work. I dunno if this is such a good idea on behalf of Shenmue, maybe it will work, but id rather have Shenmue 3 released on the Xbox instead of complicating things as WS said.
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Postby Asthenia® » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:11 am

Take ity easy whiteshadow. You should be very very happy about. This is not a Shenmue III game.

They want to make Shenmue popular, and then we gonna have Shenmue III.

At this time Shenmue III might be a suicidal idea.

Shenmue on line is not the Ryo revenge history, SOL will be the history of the 1000 ppl around the game. Sounds good. ;)
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Postby Daemos » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:12 am

I'm just going to forget this ever happened if the game sucks.

Captain Hazuki wrote:
whiteShadow wrote:Not particularly optimistic myself... I want S3 made by Sega alone, just as S1/2 were developed before... A third-party in the game usually only complicates things and results in a low-quality finished product...

It doesn't necessarily mean they're actually co-developing it. They may well just be helping Sega with the funding and publishing.

Like I said, Sega alone. And in any case, Sega has always published its own games.
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Postby nutjob_69 » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:16 am

im gonna wait n see wat shenmue online actually turns out 2 b b4 i decide weather or not i like it but as 4 now im pretty cheerin its somthing shenmue :)
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Postby Yukupo » Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:19 am

There isn't anything for me to post that will add to this topic. But just... Whoa... :shock: I can't wait for screenshots and hands-on previews.
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