The legendary game creator has been pretty much out of the limelight for a while but Sega Sammy has announced that Suzuki San will be stepping down from his role as R&D Creative Officer for the company. He will however remain as an R&D Manager for the AM Plus Division.
AM Plus develops arcade games which could be a nice fit for the arcade 80s genius.
In the past Yu Suzuki created such arcade classics as Hang-On, Out Run, Space Harrier and After Burner. Then he went on to create Virtua Fighter and most recently Shenmue.
We are still hoping, fingers crossed for a Shenmue III but it cannot be denied that the day Yu Suzuki leaves the gaming world will be a sad day.
For those of you who missed them I’ve released 3 new sessions on Retroware TV. I’ve covered some more rock-oriented tracks, several arcade classics from our past and more recently a little special on Street Fighter IV.
For those interested for the next several sessions I’m going to change the formula just a tad and focus on RPGs in a somewhat chronological order. I hope you’ll enjoy.
In any case go check it out.
Chicago-based Midway has been in a heap of troubles for a while now but things are definitely not looking up. They cut down on 25% on their workforce in December and then more recently filed for Chapter 11.
As a result they laid out plans for what could be the last attempt to salvage the company. the plan includes three options all of which feature rather technical terms that I will spare you from (considering it’s not all that clear to me either) but what you need to know is that one of the options would be the sale of the Mortal Kombat license.
Grim and sad news indeed, especially just around the release of Street Fighter IV. MK Vs. DC didn’t do that well and quite frankly it was probably the last possible salvation for Midway. If they end up selling the license you can be pretty sure that Midway is no more (unless someone decides to buy them outright) because Midway without MK can’t survive.
That being said have said that it is a first draft of a very last resort option so……Finish him!…Friendship?
First Street Fighter IV was announced, then people were saying “yay” and “nay”, then the arcade came out and everyone was saying “YAY”, then a vague date was announced for PS3, 360 and PC, then the PC verson was delayed, The the game was announced for February on consoles and now…oh boy now….
Capcom has announced the game will be released for the 360 and PS3 on February 17 except of course in Europe, a.k.a. the fifth wheel, where it’ll be released on the 20th. Meanwhile PC users can keep guessing for a while longer.
If you have an arcade with the game near you go and the opportunity to try it out go ahead because you’re one of a lucky few.