|TGS 2016. (Is that a VR headset you're wearing?)|
So can we expect anything Shenmue-related this year at the event?
From Sega... like last year, no doubt they won't be wanting to turn down the chance to make some additional sales off the Shenmue name.
At last year's event, Sega took advantage of the attention surrounding the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter to release a couple of items commemorating Shenmue for sale at their merchandise stand: a Shenmue-themed badge and T-shirt (priced at 200 yen and 2500 yen each respectively).
The Shenmue badge wasn't easy to get though, with it cleverly being sold through a capsule toy machine, meaning possibly several attempts being needed in order to strike the Shenmue-themed one. Just like the in-game Shenmue experience, in fact.
For this year's event, a Shenmue badge has been confirmed (on Sega's Sonic site, no less), with a design that's similar to last year. Noticeably however this year the Dreamcast logo has been replaced with Sega's own logo.
The page announcing the badge collection from Sega is labelled "for 15 years and over", and comes with a list of safety warnings at the bottom, mainly relating to the pin, and including the intriguing "Do not use for anything other than its intended purpose." You have been warned.
So, how about Sony: are they likely to promote Shenmue 3 at the event as a PS4 title? My feeling is that it may still be too early for them to carry out any significant promotion of Shenmue 3, as there is more than a year still to go until release and the team flat-out concentrating on development at the moment. However I will be pleasantly surprised if they do mention or talk about it.
What do you think the chances are?