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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series. Read more

Tokyo, Japan Video Games
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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.

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Shenmue 3 is the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue 2. Created for modern platforms (PC and PlayStation 4) and built in Unreal 4, Shenmue 3 will continue the legacy of Shenmue.

With your help, we can #SaveShenmue and rejoin Ryo and our favorite characters on this new adventure!

All images on the Kickstarter page are a work in progress.
All images on the Kickstarter page are a work in progress.
  • Shenmue 3 will have familiar elements from its predecessors and new fight mechanics to achieve a new level of interactive storytelling. 
  • If this project reaches its funding goal, Shenmue 3 will be available on the PS4 and PC. 
  • Our ambition is to deliver a Shenmue experience that will draw in newcomers to the series and reward diehard fans with its deep story and rich gameplay.

 14 years of planning and ideas from one of the greatest game designers of all time… darn right, there are Stretch Goals! Could these Stretch Goals lead this next Shenmue to change the way we play games again? You know they can. But we can't add Stretch Goals after the game is on shelves.

The more we can raise during this campaign, the more Shenmue 3 will come alive. Together, we can make it happen. Together, we can make a Shenmue that surpasses even the originals!

 Area Stretch Goal Explanation 

Where we left off... Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father’s killer. There he meets a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learns of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together. 

The story continues as Ryo and Shenhua start off on a new journey that will take them farther into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny. 

Will the mystery of the mirrors be revealed? How is Ryo’s father connected to all of this? Will Ryo track down the Chi You Men cartel and face Lan Di in a final showdown?

Since the release of Shenmue 2, now 14 years ago, I have been greeted by the passionate outpouring of dedicated fans and Shenmue community members wherever I go. They all want to know one thing: "When will Shenmue 3 be coming out?" With the advent of games using Kickstarter during these past few years, the new and now frequent demand from the fans has been, “Do a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3!” 

If Shenmue 3 was going to get made, I wanted to make it with the fans. Through Kickstarter, I knew that could happen. Together, with Shenmue fans everywhere, I knew we could build the game that the series deserves.

If we do not reach our funding goal, Shenmue 3 will not go forward. I know that the goal of making Shenmue 3 with the fans, and seeing Shenmue in the hands of gamers all around the world is a lofty one. We are balancing our ambitions for a grand sequel with the pragmatic realities of developing a game of this scale. It will not be easy, but I have dreamed of making this sequel for 14 years – it is time to bring Shenmue back! And to make it come true, it will need the love and support from each and every one of you!

So please join us in making Shenmue 3 – let us grow our community and build a new, exciting Shenmue experience!

Ryo - On a journey to avenge his father.
Ryo - On a journey to avenge his father.
Shenhua - Raised among the forests of China.
Shenhua - Raised among the forests of China.
Lan Di - Coldblooded boss of the shadowy Chi You Men.
Lan Di - Coldblooded boss of the shadowy Chi You Men.
Niao Sun - Deadly siren of the Chi You Men
Niao Sun - Deadly siren of the Chi You Men

A pioneer in gaming entertainment for over three decades, He has cemented a place in history for his visionary work. The advancements he brought about in 3D technology, open world gaming, and game play mechanics have broken and redefined genre after genre, influencing countless games since.

Shibuya Productions President & CEO  Based in Monaco, Shibuya Productions produces and promotes animation, games and movies. Engaged and knowledgeable about Japanese culture, they serve as a nexus of cultural exchange to and from Japan. They are currently producing the new Astroboy TV series: Astroboy Reboot. 

Takeshi Hirai is the lead programmer for the Shenmue series. In 2010 founded the independent game development studio, Neilo Inc, producing Orgarythm for the Playstation Vita and the Japanese arcade version of Left 4 Dead: Survivors.

Wrote the screenplay and game script for Shenmue. Masahiro Yoshimoto has over thirty years of experience writing for Japanese movies and TV dramas.

Shenmue’s main character design artist. After working with SEGA, Kenji Miyawaki went on to do mechanical and prop design for anime including the Bakugan series, Maken-Ki! Battling Venus and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital.

A prolific composer and performer, Ryuji Iuchi wrote many songs for Shenmue 1 & 2 including "Shenhua's Theme." His long list of work includes composition and arrangement for albums, movies, TV programs, concerts and events. Among his video game credits are Exstetra and Spectral Force Legacy.

Manabu Takimoto was the environment designer for the original Shenmue. He is an architect who has designed everything from office buildings to bars. His work with Shenmue helped bring the outside world into video games.

The actor playing Ryo in Shenmue 1 and 2. A star of both stage and screen, Masaya Matsukaze has also lent his voice for video games, radio, and many anime including Death Note, Fairy Tale, Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

Hiroaki Takeuchi is Japan’s leading producer in both traditional cel and digital animation. Worked at the publishing house SHUEISHA, Inc. producing the website which brought Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball to the world. Co-produced The Animatrix.

Director, producer, and animator, Kenji Itoso already has a long career in the live film and animation industries, and has self-produced a number of animated films, including the award winning Santa Company and Coluboccoro.

Communication, media relations and Kickstarter project consultation and support.

  • Yu Suzuki's thanks and praise.
  • Be able to participate in surveys and vote in polls for the ideas you want to see in the game.
  • Digital copy of Shenmue 3 for PC or PS4.
  • Includes the $5 Reward.
  • Physical copy of Shenmue 3 in an exclusive, backer-only case (PC only). 
  • Includes the $5 Reward. 
  • Your choice of a digital copy of the game for PC or PS4, or a physical copy for PC
  • Digital copy of the trial version for PC
  • Your name in the credits.
  • Includes the $5 Reward. 
  • One of four random figures: Ryo, Shenhua, Chai or the Forklift. ( Actual figures may differ from the concept images)
  • Includes the $100 Reward.
  • Backer-only Advanced Technique Scroll (In-game Item)
  • 20 Capsule Toy Tickets  (In-game Item)
  • Mp3 download of the original soundtrack with unreleased tracks
  • Digital artbook filled with unreleased illustrations
  • Shenmue 3 T-shirt
  • Includes the $120 Reward
  • Printed artbook curated by Yu Suzuki
  • Includes the $160 Reward
  • Illustration
  • Backer-only Arcane Technique Scroll (In-game Item)
  • Skin-change feature for Ryo's Jacket (In-game Item)
  • Physical CD soundtrack
  • Includes the $175 Reward
  • Illustration signed by Yu Suzuki 
  • Backer-only Arcane Technique Scroll (In-game Item) 
  • Skin-change feature for Ryo's Jacket (In-game Item) 
  • Physical CD soundtrack 
  • Includes the $175 Reward
  • Get all four figures: Ryo, Shenhua, Chai and the Forklift
  • Includes the $300 Reward

Get one of each of the following:

  • Hand Drawn Illustration by Kenji Miyawaki 
  • Wristwatch (Blue)
  • Shenmue 1 T-shirt or Mousepad or CD Case 

Includes the $500 Reward

 Get one of each of the following:

  • Hand Drawn Illustration by Kenji Miyawaki
  • Wristwatch (Silver) 
  • Wristwatch (Blue) 
  • CD Case 
  • Shenhua Figure or CD Player Case 
  • Shenmue 1 T-shirt

Includes the $500 Reward

  • Ryo's Jacket - Replica
  • Includes the $500 Reward 

Includes one of each of the following:

  • Hand Drawn Illustration by Kenji Miyawaki
  • Wristwatch (Silver) 
  • Wristwatch (Blue) 
  • CD Case 
  • CD Player Case 
  • 1/6 Scale Ryo Collectible Figure 
  • Shenmue 1 T-shirt 
  • Poster 
  • Mouse Pad 
  • Pen & Notepad or Desk Clock

Includes the $500 Reward

  • The original jacket worn by Masaya Matsukaze for all of the Shenmue press events 14 years ago
  • Special video message just for you by Yu Suzuki
  • Named as a Special Sponsor in the credits
  • Includes the $500 Reward
  • Bring a friend to join a dinner party in Japan with Yu-san and the other backers of this tier. (Date will be tentatively set for September, 2016)  
  • Original script set from Shenmue 1 and 2
  • Named as a Special Sponsor in the credits
  • Includes the $500 Reward
Blue symbols indicate a choice between a PS4 digital, PC digital, or PC physical copy.
Blue symbols indicate a choice between a PS4 digital, PC digital, or PC physical copy.

Excerpt from Budget Statement from Yu Suzuki 

Ys Net and I have been putting in many long years trying to find a way to bring back a sequel that so many fans have waited so long for. After learning of Kickstarter, I knew it would be possible to get Shenmue 3 started. Wanting to make the best game possible, I also knew that I would have to look to more traditional means to obtain all the funds that would be needed to create the game I had envisioned. 

I can say that with their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development. It is also important to note that your funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3 – Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars.

- Yu Suzuki

Risks and challenges

Risk and challenge are two words that have been with Shenmue 3 for the past 14 years. In fact, Shenmue has always been about risk and challenge. This time will be no different.

The real challenge now is to deliver a sequel that we will all be satisfied with after 14 years of waiting. After much research and planning, we set the funding goal at this level believing it will make possible a fulfilling Shenmue experience.

With regards to development of the game, we have an experienced team, deeply connected with the Shenmue franchise. With modern tools, experienced professionals, and the community of Shenmue by our sides, we have set ourselves up for success.

We will do our absolute best to deliver Shenmue 3 and the rewards by their respective deadlines. However, there is always the possibility that problems may arise which could affect reward delivery. There may end up being changes in game or reward designs. We may press right when we are supposed to press left and get hilariously head butted and kneed in the groin.

In these situations, the whole Shenmue 3 team promises to keep you updated and informed on the game development and reward delivery progress. We are all very excited, ambitious, and optimistic that we have prepared well, and are ready for the challenges that are ahead of us.

Ryo and Shenhua are not out of the woods yet, so we ask for your ongoing support.

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FAQ

  • No, we cannot make an open world game for $2 million. Shenmue will be produced using both the funds raised from the Kickstarter and through other funding sources already secured by Ys Net Inc.

    Having reached our funding goal, we are excited to say that the Shenmue story will go on, and Shenmue 3 will already be a sequel we can all be proud of. Like with any Kickstarter though, additional funding will only help us make a better game. Through the Stretch Goals, together, we can make this Shenmue even bigger, and just as revolutionary as the first two were.

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  • Sony and Shibuya Productions have been wonderful partners because they believe in Shenmue and want to see the best for the fans and the game. Their investment in (and support of) Shenmue have helped to realize a sequel that will stand proud with its predecessors. While it is not business practice to discuss the specific details of such arrangements, their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support, Ys Net is able to use more of the money collected through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development. It is also important to note that your funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3 – Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars.

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  • The screenshots and images posted are still in the early stages of development, and will continue to be improved. Please help spread the word on all of your social networks so that we can deliver a Shenmue 3 that lives up to its legacy!

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  • Currently we are planning development only for PC (Windows) and PS4. Other platforms have not been decided yet. If other platform versions were added as rewards, an announcement would be made on the update page.

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  • The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter will only be offering the digital download version for the PlayStation Network. If a physical copy was added as a reward, an announcement would be made on the update page.

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  • SEGA has officially given us the rights to use the "Shenmue 3" license.

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  • The property rights for Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 belong to SEGA, so we are not in a position to comment on that.

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  • We are considering Paypal as a payment option. If a PayPal option is added, there will be an announcement on the Update page.

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  • The funding collected through Kickstarter will go towards game development, minus Kickstarter's fees and the costs associated with running a Kickstarter.

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  • We have received many requests for the original cast to return and understand how important their connection is to the Shenmue community. The voice actors remain undetermined, but we will let you know through the updates when they become finalized.

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  • Shenmue 3 will be available in English and Japanese, and since the Stretch Goals have been reached, German, French, Italian and Spanish languages will be added as well. We have received many requests to add Portuguese and Chinese among other languages as well. We are hopeful that funding levels will allow for further languages. Should additional languages be added, there will be an announcement made on the Update page.

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  • A rigorous budget and schedule has been worked out with our production team and we believe our target of 2017 holiday season is within reach. That said, our goal is to make the best game possible (and one that the fans want!) so please understand the schedule may change as the project evolves. Frequent updates will be posted on the Update page.

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