It looks like Ryo Hazuki’s quest to find his father’s killer isn’t completely over. According to NeoGAF’s translation of an article found on EuroGamer, SEGA is looking at continuing the development of the effectively-abandoned Shenmue III.
In America, Shenmue was released for the SEGA Dreamcast (after initial designs for a SEGA Saturn iteration), and Shenmue II was a Microsoft Xbox exclusive (with a SEGA Dreamcast release in Japan), given the friendly nature between the two companies at the time. Shenmue III has been plagued by poor sales of the previous iterations, and Shenmue Online, has likely been canned.
The article features SEGA stating that they would likely make Shenmue III a console exclusive if one of the hardware producers (Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony) were to finance the game.
All I know is, I want to find the killer of Ryo’s father. Sure, I never beat Shenmue II, and tired of asking if anyone knew where the sailors were in the original Shenmue (which raised tons of eyebrows in my house). Ryo’s upcoming appearance in Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing is a nice tribute to the forklift racing of years past, and Shenmue Online would have been an interesting way to continue the franchise, but only one game will be truly accepted as the next part of the quest: Shenmue III. As long as we can collect more gashapon figure, all gamers wishes will come true.