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Shenmue 3 trademark confirmed as fake

Shenmue 3 trademark confirmed as fake

The Shenmue series was originally intended as a trilogy but a third game has never seen the light of day.

A trademark application which emerged last week for Shenmue 3 has been confirmed as a hoax.

The indication that Sega might be gearing up to develop a third entry to its cult classic Shenmue series was confirmed to be fake by a company representative talking to Eurogamer.

'Sega has confirmed that the recent application for the trademark of Shenmue 3 is a fake and is looking into the origins of this application,' said a Sega spokesperson.

The trademark has since been removed by the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM), the department responsible for trademarks in the EU.

It is not known who filed the fake trademark, but this will be the third prominent one that has caught people off guard this year with other trademarks being filed for Half-Life 3 and more recently Fallout 4.

The Shenmue series was apparently originally conceived as a trilogy and a third entry has been rumoured and talked about several times with a report in 2003 emerging that Sega was definitely working on the game and that a script had been written.

At the time, Shenmue broke the record for the highest production costs of a video game. The title was released on the Dreamcast and the series appears to have died with the ill-fated console, although the Shenmue II did also get a release on the Xbox in 2002.

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Corky42 2nd December 2013, 16:27 Quote
When an organisation based in Europe uses the American spelling of Harmonisation is it any wonder they cant get things right ?

Now whats the betting that i have misspelt something and will be hoisted on my own petard :D
Gareth Halfacree 2nd December 2013, 16:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Now whats the betting that i have misspelt something and will be hoisted on my own petard :D
No apostrophe in "can't" or "what's," no capitalisation of "I," but your worst crime by far is your mangling of the phrase "hoist by my own petard." See me after class. :p
Corky42 2nd December 2013, 16:38 Quote
Damn it, sorry sir
I guess its lines again :'(
DrTiCool 2nd December 2013, 19:08 Quote
If I remember correctly, first Shenmue was $80mil, thanks to low DC user base that title was doomed from the first day of release, not a bad game tho, but it wasn't killer app like GTA3(example) for PS2.
Damn you Sega, I want another Jet Set Radio.
TreeDude 3rd December 2013, 22:07 Quote
Shenmue was certainly epic for the time (a year before GTA 3). I beat the first one probably 3 or 4 times and the second one (for the Xbox) twice. I would really love to see a third (plus HD re-releases of 1 and 2). There is a cult following still calling for a third to get the greenlight for the PS4. Doubt it will ever happen.
Gareth Halfacree 3rd December 2013, 22:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
Shenmue was certainly epic for the time (a year before GTA 3).
Two years. Shenmue was released in December 1999 in Japan, nearly a full year before its western launch; GTA III came out at the end of November 2001.
TreeDude 3rd December 2013, 22:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
Shenmue was certainly epic for the time (a year before GTA 3).
Two years. Shenmue was released in December 1999 in Japan, nearly a full year before its western launch; GTA III came out at the end of November 2001.

I totally looked at the US date. Good point!
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