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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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Happy Day 2 Everyone!

That was an AMAZING first day! And we have only just started! There are still so may stops to make, so let's keep this ship steaming on.

Throughout the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign, we will have a whole carnival of everything that is Shenmue to celebrate this occasion. Exclusive interviews, game and development info, polls, and lots more! (Can’t spoil all the surprises, can we?)

To kick off our Super Shenmue Update Spectacular, we have a special guest who has had Shenmue close to his heart since the very beginning.

Founder of Camoflaj, and fresh from his success with his own Kickstarter for Republique, this pillar of the gaming community made his mark as a video game journalist and with his work on the Metal Gear Solid series and Halo 4.

So give a big welcome to Ryan Payton as he talks Shenmue, crowdfunding and Yu Suzuki:

Thank you all for supporting Shenmue 3! To make this Shennmue the Shenmue we all want, please keep up the Tweeting, Facebooking, posting, and Chawan signing!

See you tomorrow!


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      Sunny Nagpal on July 5, 2015

      Cannot wait for this!

    2. シェンムーのアンバサダ on June 19, 2015

      Inspirational video,
      Mr. Yu Suzuki and his legacy is also the main reason I decided to become a game developer,
      Shenmue Lives! Share share share

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      Amir Montazeri on June 17, 2015

      Oh man, I can't wait for Shenmue! My most anticipated for the whole generation. I wish they had a kickstarter option with PS4 hardcopy version. Not that I contributed just for the prizes, I just found out they give you stuff for your contribution. I'm just happy to have contributed! Shenmue FTW (':

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      Ismaele SOCCIO on June 17, 2015

      Thank you Ryan! I know that you was the first person to suggest Yu Suzuki to make this Kickstarter, Thank you for that too :)

    5. Jonathan Lovecchio on June 17, 2015

      Request for more Reward Tiers. How about 50.00 one that includes digital copy and special limited edition tshirt. I'm a huge fan of graphic tees, and I'm certain you have plenty of art that would look cool as graphic tee. Since , PS4 Physical is not able to be made. Please give us some more tiers and more rewards. At 45-50, you could add in things like keychains, graphic tees, real moves scrolls framed. Please add in more tiers and more rewards. How about some more stretch goals besides just language translations. We are ready, and excited, to help, but I'd love even more rewards for those between 50-100.

    6. Ben Fries on June 17, 2015

      I'm sorry but who is making these updates?

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      Dustin Garceau on June 17, 2015

      It amazes me how much this feels like home. I hope lots of other enthusiasts find their way here to keep this dream alive. #Shenmue lives on!

    8. GuardianDemonX on June 17, 2015

      this is so going on to shenmue dojo

    9. David Brown on June 17, 2015

      What an amazing interview. I completely agreed with everything he said, especially regarding disc 4 of Shenmue II being one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time. That absolutely bowled me over when I played it as a young man, to the point where I wanted to make games like Shenmue in the future. And now I'm a developer myself, and I believe Shenmue is to thank for this.

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      AM2Model3 on June 17, 2015

      Ryan payton! Thank u for your support for shenmue3 and sharing your love of the game. You and i are very similar, playing the import, learning japanese, etc. shenmue2disc4 is simply an amazing game sequence, playing it is so incredible. To think that we can have a full fledged continuation/conclusion with shenmue3 after 14 years leaves me speechless and happy beyond words. Thank you for your help with this project and speaking with yu suzuki!!!

    11. Alexandre Tourne on June 17, 2015

      yes we just started and it will keep going.
      the world of video gameS need to know that the king is BACK.

    12. Juan R Leon Arzola on June 17, 2015

      I dont own a PS 4 but I expect for the game to release also on Xbox. This game deserves to be on Xbox One and PS 4 after all those years. Thats the reason that I pledged.

    13. David on June 17, 2015

      Great to hear your thoughts in the video, thank you.

    14. Hengbok on June 17, 2015

      awesome video!

    15. Christoph Zürcher on June 17, 2015

      @Jasper Byrne: Wow, nice to see you around here! Love your work.

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      Jasper Byrne on June 17, 2015

      arigatou, Suzuki-sama!

    17. Wilson Lim on June 17, 2015

      getting email updates about Shenmue is an amazing feeling

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      manuel on June 17, 2015

      So now we are stretching to "Rapport System" that we know nothing about.

      We need a little glimpse of what it is to get the hype rolling again !

    19. Travis Hefler on June 17, 2015

      I can't wait for this. I loved the first game which I beat in 2001, and I never beat the 2nd one so I'm playing it now on the 360. So happy to fund this and looking forward to my digital PC copy. I think crowdfunding is the future of the game industry and I couldn't be happier that Yu Suzuki and his team are showing this much passion for the fans of Shenmue.

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      Sulaiman AL-BaKr on June 17, 2015

      You said what we all want to say.

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      blujay on June 17, 2015

      Glad to see this game finally become a reality. Now im just hoping a wii u port could become a reality too (i funded the game and I don't own a PS4)

    22. Some furf on June 17, 2015

      What would be the point of Sony pledging directly to the Kickstarter project? If the company wishes to give the team money, they can do so directly instead of paying this third party's transaction fees.

      I imagine they already have an agreement anyway. Perhaps something along the lines of investing an amount equal to the Kickstarter funding.

    23. Al Ramirez on June 17, 2015

      If this game is a Sony exclusive 2 things, Sony should pledge here as well in case they haven't and second they should do a shenmue 1 & 2 port for ps4 or vita, I would really love to play this amazing classics on my vita.

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      blackstar on June 17, 2015

      Did this dude just say 'Virtual' Fighter?? *whips out pitchfork and torch*

      Other than that, what a great and inspirational video! Alot of his experiences with the game seem to echo mine.

    25. Ben B on June 17, 2015

      Really spot on in descrbing why Shenmue was so great, and sucessful in getting me jealous of those who got to play 2.

      The first Shenmue was High Scool for me. Still one of the most amazing game evperiences around.

    26. Leblanc on June 17, 2015

      Thanks Payton Ryan ! I hope like everyone a physical version PS4 will be planned!

    27. dawooad on June 17, 2015

      Great Ryan Payton Thank you so much for your support Sir.

    28. Marcus Engström on June 17, 2015

      As many others are stating, please give us a physical copy on the PS4! I would instantly up my pledge if I got a box with the game!

    29. シェンムーのアンバサダ on June 17, 2015

      Great video! Ryan Payton <3 Thank you for your support Sir.
      Cheers, Novin #SaveShenmue

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      John Ellis on June 17, 2015

      SO can we please have a physical edition of the PS4 version.

    31. Thomas Adamantiou on June 17, 2015

      This game changed my life. How you can see at simple things in life. Thank you Yu Suzuki i have high hopes for this final chapter! I'm glad Ryan Payton played the game. Shenmue's soul must remain intact even after this long time

    32. Tony Q. on June 17, 2015

      Hi everyone, I'm creating the Army of Yu.
      All you need to do to join it is to add 7.77 $ to your pledge to give some extra luck to Shenmue 3.
      There is no reward except your happiness to know that Shenmue 3 will have more budget.
      I'm just a fan, I don't work for Ys Net but I am the first member of the Army of Yu and I will fight until last breath for Shenmue!
      May the Force be with Yu!

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      Ben Spencer on June 17, 2015

      I like so many if not all others here am I huge Shenmue fan. Although I have only played Shenmue 2 I would really love the chance to replay it alongside Shenmue 1 and 3. Again like so many others I would really like a physical version of the game for PS4 please. Lastly well done and thank you to all of my fellow Shenmue fans who have backed this project I am proud to be part of this huge moment in the history of Shenmue and thank you to the Shenmue team.

    34. Stephen Chan on June 17, 2015

      莎木 Go!Go!Go!

    35. Aaron on June 17, 2015

      I am a big Shenmue fan who has been looking forward to this game for years. Please consider making this game for Xbox One too!

    36. James on June 17, 2015

      This game totally change the way I look at life and gaming

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      Dalriada (deleted) on June 17, 2015

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      Hassan Murtaza on June 17, 2015

      I am right there with Ryan, Shenmue brings me back to the 6th grade and the beginning of my martial journey. This is one of the games that not only changed the way the world looked and perceived video games, but it also changed my life!

    39. Christoph Zürcher on June 17, 2015

      As a République backer, I look forward to watch this vid. Thanks for posting.

    40. Vince Vazquez
      on June 17, 2015

      Oh hey; Ryan Peyton! This guys' awesome; total class act. I still have to check out Republique too, darnit... hey, I think I'll go see how much it is on Steam right now :)

      Or wait... maybe I own it since I pledged to that KS. I should go check my Humble account. Thanks for reminding me about the game either way!

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      Christopher on June 17, 2015

      Hey guys. Maybe you should think about finding a way to get a PS4 physical version, there's a lot of demand for it and it could see some people boosting their pledge to get it.

      Likewise, maybe you can start revealing some new stretch goals once we hit $3 million? It'd be nice to have some incentive to keep pushing for funding.

    42. Patrick SAYET
      on June 17, 2015

      will there be full games like Space harrier and Hang on?

    43. brokedownsystem on June 17, 2015

      Dang, I don't remember Ryan Payton looking this old.

      In my mind, he still looks like the same guy working on MGS4:…

      On a random tangent...I hope somebody over at Sony is negotiating with Sega for some sort of Shenmue HD re-release. Sega still has rights to parts 1 and 2.

    44. Don Reba on June 17, 2015

      I backed République. Their podcast is the best game development podcast I know.

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      Roddy224 on June 17, 2015

      I feel so proud that can help fund the game.

    46. Ys Net Creator on June 17, 2015

      Thank you very much for the heads up. We apologize for the error and will have the working video up shortly.

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      Luc MINART on June 17, 2015

      Please add physical copy on PS4!