'Shenmue III' Trademark Filed as Yu Suzuki Plans Postmortem Talk (Updated)

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A trademark application for "Shenmue III" was filed in Europe on November 25. The potential trademark is for "computer game programs; computer game software; video game software; video game programs; video game discs and cartridges; computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones; downloadable graphics, images and moving images for computers or mobile phones featuring scenes and characters based on computer and video games; downloadable music via a global computer network and wireless devices; game programs for mobile telephones." The last trademark that Sega filed in Europe was Sonic Lost World in May, and Sega announced the actual game for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U later that same week.

In a related development, game designer Yu Suzuki will hold a postmortem discussion on his 1999 Dreamcast game Shenmue at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March. PlayStation 4 lead system architect and game designer Mark Cerny will translate the hour-long session, which will begin with the game's origins as Virtua Fighter-based RPG for Sega Saturn. GameSpot aims to stream the session.

[Via Siliconera, Gamasutra, GameSpot]

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip

Update: Computer and Video Games notes that the trademark application was only filed through the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) and has not been verified. Similar trademark applications for "Fallout 4" and "Half-Life 3" were also filed at the OHIM but discarded. Anyone can apply for a trademark at the OHIM before they are examined to see if they are authentic or fake.

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