Shenmue Town likely to get iOS and Android ports
A town big enough for both
During an interview with Gamasutra at Game Developers Conference (GDC), Yu Suzuki - creator of the Shenmue Series - revealed that Shenmue Town is likely to receive a smartphone port.
Shenmue was originally developed for Yahoo’s mobile applications, and the DeNa Mobage-Town portal in Japan. Suzuki says that smartphones are the next step.
“From the start, I’ve been thinking of this as a multiplatform game. So I’m thinking about smartphone strategies right now,” he said.
Hinting at the fact that he's currently looking at both iOS and Android, Suzuki believes that both platforms are fine for a port, though, “the experience definitely needs to be customised for the smartphone.”
Although previously translated as Shenmue City, Suzuki believes the word 'Town' is more suitable and he has put this into semi-offical rotation.
Suzuki also commented on the future of smartphone gaming, specifically Apple and its newly released AirPlay initiative.
“I’m imagining since Apple just announced their AirPlay initiative that allows you to play music and send a single out from your phone to multiple devices, that in the future you’ll be able to beam games out of your phone to play on widescreen TVs in massively multiplayer environments," he said.
"You could play against other people with your iPhone as your controller.”