#SaveShenmue (February 3rd) now taking sign-ups!January 6, 2014A huge thank you to all #SaveShenmue supporters who made the January 3rd event the biggest yet. In a single 24-hour span your tweets alone reached the news feeds of nearly 3 million people!
In case you've missed it, we just wanted to let you know that the new Thunderclap page for the next event, February 3rd, is now taking sign-ups. It's as simple as ever to pre-load your #SaveShenmue message without fear of forgetting on the 3rd, and as always, the very latest Thunderclap link is available via TeamYu.net/SaveShenmue
For all the latest campaign news stay tuned to our social accounts listed at the above link!
Ryo Hazuki DLC coming to Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedDecember 17, 2013Last November, Sumo Digital boss Steve "S0L" Lycett set members of the official Sega forums a challenge. That challenge was to determine the most popular characters for inclusion in their recently developed Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which Sumo would then present to Sega for approval as downloadable content.
In the end, when the dust had settled and a collection of competing petitions had been scrutinized, seven names were taken into consideration, all of which had received over 1000 votes. At the top of the list was, of course, Shenmue protagonist Ryo Hazuki. Who else would it be?
Whether Sega would give Sumo the green light to release him as DLC was uncertain, but we were very glad to have the fanbase stand up and be counted at a time when your voices would be heard directly by the kind of folk at Sega who commission game content. It was important for them to witness the demand for Shenmue, even in the context of a mascot racer.
Now, a year later, when some had given up hope (not us), we have finally learned that Sumo got their way and were able to develop Ryo as an extra character for Transformed. Riding a selection of arcade cabinets straight out of Shenmue, no less!
So what we urge all fans to do now is to head over to the Sega forums where S0L and his crew are monitoring this discussion thread, and let them know what their efforts mean to you. Giving positive feedback when a company goes to bat for us is one way to #SaveShenmue, after all.