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Yu Suzuki announces smartphone game Gan! Gan! Pirates

Social shooter next from Sega legend.

Yu Suzuki - the former Sega man responsible for Shenmue, Virtua Fighter, Space Harrier and Out Run - is readying a smartphone game called Gan! Gan! Pirates.

As reported by Andriasang, it's a pirate-themed arcade-style shoot 'em up with both competitive and cooperative multiplayer. Beyond the screenshot below, that's all the detail we have for now.

It will be free-to-play and launches in Japan this September for iOS and Android. No word yet on a Western launch.

Suzuki stepped down from his role at Sega R&D back in 2009 to set up his own studio YsNet, which focusses on social and mobile titles. Its last effort, Shenmue City, lasted a year before being taken offline in January.

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