Shenmue Returns! Well, Kinda.

He shall appear from a far eastern land across the sea, a young man who has yet to know his potential… And he’ll be driving a badass motorcycle. Yep, Ryo Hazuki, star of the Shenmue series returns in his first playable appearance since Shenmue 2 to join the ranks of the SEGA All-Stars as part of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. We couldn’t quite believe it either, but it’s real.

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The press release tells us that Ryo, protagonist of the Shenmue series and one of the most requested SEGA characters to make an appearance in All-Stars Racing will be “riding his borrowed motorcycle around classic SEGA themed race tracks”. And when a motorcycle just can’t cut it, Ryo can unleash his All-Star move and is able to swap vehicles to his iconic forklift truck to charge and barge opponents out of the way!

The Shenmue series, the story of a son’s quest for vengeance, began life in 1999 as the killer-app for the SEGA Dreamcast. Originally developed by the legendary Yu Suzuki for SEGA, Ryo has yet to gain his revenge but he’s certainly no stranger to motorcycle racing and is sure to make a formidable adversary for Sonic, AiAi, Dr. Eggman and the other All-Stars.

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