Yu Suzuki

aka: 鈴木 裕, すずき ゆう
Moby ID: 36614

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Yu Suzuki ((鈴木 裕), born June 10, 1958, is a Japanese game designer from Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture. He joined Sega in 1983 as a programmer and producer, and two years later created Hang-On, the first arcade racing game to feature a fully interactive cabinet, with the player sitting on and controlling a replica motorcycle.

Suzuki has always tried to push the limits of arcade hardware, and was the first to develop a title using the cutting-edge Model 1 arcade board. With the Model 1, Suzuki began his first foray into the world of polygons, and the result was Virtua Racing (1992). This F1 racing simulator was completely rendered in 3D, and allowed players to experience the action from four different camera angles.

Suzuki's next Model 1 game was Virtua Fighter (1993), the first 3D fighting game. The game's impact was such that it is housed in the Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology Innovation.

In 2000, Yu Suzuki released Shenmue, his first title for a home console, where he attempted to merge adventure-style gameplay with fighting mechanics and open-world exploration, a system he dubbed "FREE" (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment).

He became a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2003.

Credited on 55 games

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Wanted: Dead (2023, PlayStation 5) Very Special Thanks to
Air Twister (2022, Macintosh) Directed By
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (2020, Nintendo Switch) Game Designers
Shenmue III (2019, PlayStation 4) Directed & Produced by
Shenmue I & II (2018, Windows) Story by
Kingdom Hearts: Unchained χ (2016, Android) Game Designers
Devil's Third (2015, Wii U) Our Dependable Partners, who Made this Project Possible...
République (2015, Windows) Special Thanks
Crypt Worlds (2013, Macintosh) I Love
Daytona USA (2011, PlayStation 3) Special Thanks
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (2010, PlayStation 3) Creative Officer
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (2010, Nintendo DS) SEGA Special Thanks
Sega Race TV (2008, Arcade) Untitled
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.20 - Space Harrier 2: Space Harrier Complete Collection (2005, PlayStation 2) Special Thanks
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.13 - OutRun (2004, PlayStation 2) Executive Supervisor
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.10 - After Burner II (2004, PlayStation 2) Executive Supervisor
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.8 - V.R. Virtua Racing: FlatOut (2004, PlayStation 2) Executive Supervisor
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.4 - Space Harrier (2003, PlayStation 2) Executive Supervisor
Devastation (2003, Windows) Special Thanks To
Virtua Cop 3 (2003, Arcade) Executive Director

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