Sega developing Shenmue Online, expanding into China

MMORPG based on Shenmue franchise set to launch in China in '05

Sega has planned to enter the Shenmue series with a PC massive multiplayer title, Shenmue Online, into the Chinese online gaming market. The company has just established a branch office in Shanghai to facilitate this entry, and will be launching three PC online titles in China in the near future - Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst, CTRacer and Shenmue Online.

The new Shenmue title is being co-developed and co-published by Sega and Korean firm JC Entertainment, while the Chinese launch of the title, set for 2005, will be handled by T2 Technology. No international launch has yet been confirmed, but it seems highly likely given the popularity of Shenmue in other global territories...

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