Game news 20 years later, a Shenmue 2 prototype reveals unlikely secrets
More than 20 years after its release, Shenmue 2 continues to reveal its secrets. SEGA Specialist Laurent Comby got into the guts of a late 2000’s Shenmue 2 prototype. He discovered a lot of interesting information, discarded ideas and surprises of all kinds. It’s time to find Ryo Hazuki…or rather, Yu Suzuki!
A prototype in nature
Laurent Comby, do you know that? This collector of SEGA products from Switzerland has been sharing the information he discovers with industry professionals or talking about prototypes of famous games for many years. A great lover of the Dreamcast, he plunged into the bowels of a version of Shenmue 2 whose creation dated November 6, 2000 for a version that would have been destined for the event organized by SEGA entitled GameJam, which took place in Japan on April 14, 2001. During this event, Yu Suzuki presented a playable version of Shenmue 2 for the first time. Laurent Comby explains further son side
Yu Suzuki in Ryo Hazuki’s Veste
This version of Shenmue 2, full of bugs, misspellings and glitches of all kinds, is an opportunity to discover different playable locations, including normally inaccessible parts of the Deep Green Way and the Big Ox Building. The SEGA specialist also noted that one of the music only available in this GameJam prototype was finally included in Shenmue III
The most unlikely secret of this build lies in the fact that it’s possible to control Yu Suzuki, the creator of Shenmue, instead of Ryo Hazuki! According to Laurent Comby, it’s certainly an Easter egg intended to amuse the development team and was obviously deleted in the final product. If you want to see Yu Suzuki in Ryo’s jeans, just watch the video published by the author of this discovery. All unearthed items are available at this page.
- Source : Sega Dreamcast info