Thursday, December 28, 2017

Yu Suzuki's End-Of-Year Comments to 4Gamer | Romance in Shenmue 3

Each year, 4Gamer.net asks a number of prominent figures in the game industry a few questions about the past year as well as thoughts for the year to come.

This year, they interviewed the largest number to date, receiving replies from 182 people. And of course, Yu Suzuki was again among those.

Yu Suzuki Comments on the Past & Coming Year

The four questions, which follow the same format each year, are:
  • Out of the games released in 2017, which title(s) interested you most / had the most impact on you? 
  • Of all the entertainment content released or shown in 2017, which title(s) made the greatest impression on you? 
  • Which person/people caught your attention in 2017? 
  • What are your plans for 2018, and could you also give a message for our readers? 
Read on to find out how Yu answered these for 2017.


Yu Suzuki
CEO at YS Net
Major works include: the Virtua Fighter series, the Shenmue series

Q1: Out of the games released in 2017, which title(s) interested you most / had the most impact on you?

YS: I haven't actually played them, but...:
Horizon Zero Dawn: I like the color tone.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp: it looks fun.

Q2: Of all the entertainment content released or shown in 2017, which title(s) made the greatest impression on you?

YS: The movie Beauty and the Beast.
The acceptance around the world of the theme of platonic love has been an encouragement for our work on Shenmue III.

Q3: Which person/people caught your attention in 2017?

YS: (Prime Minister of Japan) Abe and Mr. Trump.

Q4: What are your plans for 2018, and could you also give a message for our readers?

YS: I will be focusing all my energy on Shenmue III.
I am grateful to everyone for always being there to support us!

Translated by phantomriverstone.com
Japanese Source: 4Gamer.net


Romance in Shenmue III


The relative briefness of Yu's answers this time reflects how busy he must be at this current time, but credit to him for taking the time to respond. Furthermore, his answer to Q2 is worth looking at more closely.

In his answer, Yu mentions that it's encouraging that audiences around the world are accepting of the theme of platonic love, citing the movie Beauty and the Beast as an example.

This is a sentiment similar to the one he expressed in last year's survey:
YS: With Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) I paid particular attention to see how accepting audiences of today would be with respect to platonic love, but my worries were unfounded; it impressed upon me that it is a timeless theme.
Now, in a more recent interview with Gamekult in August 2017, Yu states "romance" as one of the three key themes that will be portrayed in Shenmue III (translation by Yokosuka):
GK: What will the Shenmue III main themes be? Storywise, is there any particular event or topic you're willing to set up?

YS: It's faster to show you. (Suzuki starts his PC and launches a slideshow) Here we go, the three key points of the game are romance, characters' life and martial arts. Then my main goal is to use the latest advancements in technologies to express feelings through gaming situation.
Although the word "romance" can have a wide range of meanings, in a 2015 interview with DualShockersYu specifically links it to platonic love as something he wants to portray in Shenmue III:
YS: Since you asked about romance, for the game I’m drawing inspiration more from old movies than from new ones, like Casablanca and Roman Holiday, and their idea of pure and platonic love. This is what I want to portray.
One prime candidate for its portrayal would be in the relationship between Shenhua (the Beauty...) and Ryo (...the Beast?) as they continue their adventure together.

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