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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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...and Shenmue 3 begins

Hello Shenmuers!

Thanks to everyone backing, supporting, and getting the word out. Every retweet and repost will bring more backers, and more backers means more Shenmue 3.

Yes, we are at day four of the Kickstarter of the Shenmue of the century. And today we have a special message from someone who has many a “of the” attached to his name—Mark Cerny! If you have played video games before, you probably have played something Mark has either programmed, designed, produced or directed. Oh yeah, he was the lead architect for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, too!

Mark was one of the first people to suggest to Yu-san that he do a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3. It was Mark who then introduced Ryan Payton to Yu-san, and that was that!

"It's really exciting to see Yu Suzuki back hard at work in the universe of Shenmue. The first two titles innovated in so many ways - the combination of revolutionary cinematic experiences, deep world simulation, and fresh approaches to gameplay was truly memorable. I can't wait to see how Shenmue 3 turns out!"  

Mark Cerny, President of Cerny Games   

Thank you very much Mark!!! We all owe you a lot! Just a little while back, Kotaku had a nice sit down with Mark, so please take a look-see!

And before we sign off for today, this Friday Yu Suzuki will be on Reddit! You will have your chance to ask him anything! Time to be announced. Get your questions ready!  

Thank you again everyone, see you on Reddit tomorrow!

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    1. Vince Vazquez
      on June 20, 2015

      Man, Mark Cerny is the best :D

    2. シェンムーのアンバサダ on June 19, 2015

      Mark Cerny ROCKS, love you Sir.
      (I told you the same when we met first before GDC14 Choice Awards)
      Thank you for supporting #SaveShenmue

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      Matthew Banks on June 19, 2015

      Mark Cerny is the fucking man

    4. shenmueyokosk on June 18, 2015

      Thank You Mark Cerny

    5. MAL Custom Consoles on June 18, 2015

      THanks someone that has the ability took the initiative to get this thing moving! Also stay away kotaku they are not helping the cause at the moment. Thats the word on the streets

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      AM2Model3 on June 18, 2015

      Thank you mark cerny! I love shenmue3, ps4, and vita! Now we can remote play shenmue3 in the future on vita!!!! So awesome!!

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      Brett S.
      on June 18, 2015

      You're the best Cerny! Thanks!

    8. Tony Q. on June 18, 2015

      @ David Reis : I don't think we'll see Ren or Gui Zhang. Not now. I hope Ys Net won't put too much fan service because it's a real problem for Kickstarter games. Shenmue 2 was a great game because it was a wonderful journey with amazing new characters like Joy, Ren, Dou Niu, Lishao Tao, etc. Not because it was the same game as the first one.

    9. Tony Q. on June 18, 2015

      Thanks Mark!
      Now we forgive you for Knack ;-P

    10. Jeffrey Lewis on June 18, 2015

      I will always love that man (Cerny) for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Simply the best.

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      David Reis on June 18, 2015

      Can we expect to see Ren and Gui Zhang again in this game?

    12. VentNord on June 18, 2015

      Ryo Hazuki has to work on Shenmue 3 as happened in 1 and 2.

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      Laura on June 18, 2015

      Awesome tándem

    14. Gromber Fox on June 18, 2015

      cerny you rules!!!!!! when i see you with yu on postmorhem i think on this a kickstarter proyect xD

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      Andreas on June 18, 2015

      This is the usual way Kickstarter projects progress, people raise or lower their pledges or cancel them completely. It's also normal that the pledges become very slow after a few days and get to another peak aat the end of the campaign.

    16. Mattias Borgström on June 18, 2015

      Come on, Xbox One version already!!

    17. Jason on June 18, 2015

      Y'all need to galvanize the community to keep this thing rolling and spend these updates talking more about the game and community.

      Also I hope you guys are working to get a physical version made for the PS4.

    18. Craig Hutchings on June 18, 2015

      Thank you all for making the dream of Shenmue a reality.Many gamers will be very grateful:)

    19. Matthew Clark on June 18, 2015

      Here's hoping this is a real success. I love Shenmue and want to see it do well. Many thanks to all involved!

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      Johannes Burkart on June 18, 2015

      What's going on with the Money Counter? It's been going up and down. It's been well over 3.2M $ already and now it's going at a snais pace and has even been back to below 3.2M several times.

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      Orestes Dago on June 18, 2015

      Thank you very much for your comments. I hope that Shenmue III gets released before 2018 rolls around. Good luck!

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      Francisco Delgado on June 18, 2015

      Can't wait for the day this game loads up on my screen... I think I might shed a tear...�

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      SolidSonicTH on June 18, 2015

      Cerny was the guy we put our faith into a couple of years ago to save Shenmue originally. It seemed like he was behind getting this onto the PS4 back when we saw those pictures of him and Yu standing together and having secret meetings.

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      Jules on June 18, 2015

      Sooo how long till we kickstart Crash? Or Marble Madness VR edition. You are the marble.

    25. Tracey Craig
      on June 18, 2015

      I love Mark Cerny
      His best work was the Playstation 4 and Knack :)

    26. Pierre Laporte on June 18, 2015

      Thank you Mark Cemy ! And thanks to all Shenmuers ! ;)

    27. Zzhh on June 18, 2015

      Thanks to Mark Cerny, off course!

    28. Zzhh on June 18, 2015

      @David Browne: i completely agree with you. Is Shenmue 3. Is Yu Suzuki! Enought for me �

    29. Marc Weisinger on June 18, 2015

      First of all I'm so happy, so so happy, Shenmue 3.

      But I agree with Save Shenmue, if you look at what Igavania did for their campaign every single KS should try to emulate that, was so awesome how engaging it was.

      Looking forward to some awesome stretch goals, hope people keep contributing and the game is awesome.

      Lots of interesting stuff on Polygon on this KS interesting topics, ultimately I'm more than happy to donate and help fund the effort.

      Lan Di must die

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      Thiago Manuel da Silva Vieira on June 18, 2015

      Why don't you make PORTUGUESE translation?
      Brazil is one of the biggest games market.
      Every one of the big titles come with PORTUGUESE option

    31. Save Shenmue on June 18, 2015

      The marketing for this KS is really bad, you can do better. The video tells nobody who doesn't know what Shenmue is anything about it or why it's special. The video, rather than recapping the story of a boy driven by anger and revenge as he goes to extremes to find his fathers killer on an epic coming of age Kung fu story, is about potential village expansions. But no, Yu talks about move scrolls instead. Rather than show Shenmue's legacy and how it has impacted modern games it foolishly assumes that new players know what Shenmue is when it has had a new 20 year absence from the market.

      It has been coasting on the goodwill of Shenmue fans and the interest of non-fans. It needs more than that and to articulate why such a game would make Huber act like an excited child and end up grasping his co-workers hands in tears. It needs to show WHY it's so special to us so it can be passed on to a new generation. Tell new people about the story, tell them about the innovations that can still be seen today such as the cinematic cutscenes, attention to detail, weather effects, and QTE's.

      Unveil more reward tiers. There's almost nothing between $500 tier and the $10,000 tier. You need to give more reasons to make people want to upgrade their tier. Please unveal the entire list of stretch goals so we know what we are dealing with.

      How come Yu isn't going to every gaming news outlet and interviewing them on Shenmue III and why it's special? How many of them are in English? Please stop with the French stuff. The game will only be at Monaco? But not TGS or GDC or PAX? I realize that some of the developers are from France but France doesn't have a monopoly on Shenmue fans. Try marketing this in China, for instance.

      The marketing for this KS can be better than this. Yu doing a Reddit AMA is a good place to start but you can do better than this. Take a look at the Bloodstained Kickstarter for an example on how to communicate with the fans and potential backers in a more transparent manner.

      Thank you, looking forward to III.

    32. Jessica Kwon on June 18, 2015

      Thank you Mark and thanks to all Shenmu-ers for supporting in KS.. Let's all fund this project as much as we can!!

    33. Jacob Wisner
      on June 18, 2015

      @Jeffrey Hey, maybe that might end up being a stretch goal at some point. I mean Bard's Tale IV is reworking Bard's Tale I-III as part of their kickstarter, so it's not *too* crazy. Though porting might be more involved for the Shenmue titles since it's possible that the licensed encoders (if any) used for some art might simply no longer be available or unsupported on modern systems.

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      BenShenmue1988 on June 18, 2015

      I knew Mr. Cerny was involved in this and was an advocate of sorts to the Shenmue fans' cause. He saw the value in Yu Suzuki's work and made this possible. Thanks for getting things done and also building the video game business since infancy. Also, I could have sworn I heard your voice in one of these recent Shenmue III teasers.

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      Sulaiman AL-BaKr on June 18, 2015

      I'm a Shenmuer You are a Shenmuer We all Shenmuers

    36. David Brown on June 18, 2015

      Please don't listen too much to the demands of all of these self-entitled people. Yu Suzuki once said, "if you listen to too many people your game becomes like everyone else's." True fans trust in Yu and don't make demands; we just want to help him achieve what he always envisioned.

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      scott griffiths on June 18, 2015

      Is a proud Shenmuer!!

    38. Jeffrey on June 18, 2015

      I'd really like I way to replay 1 and 2 without resorting to finding a Dreamcast

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      Ömer (deleted) on June 18, 2015

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    40. VentNord on June 18, 2015

      What have dubbing in Japanese?

    41. Dexter Oliveira on June 18, 2015

      Thanks Mark you're the man!

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      Demetrius Mitchell on June 18, 2015

      I recall seeing a photo of Mark and yu like a year or 2 ago
      Rumors were speculated all over the place of this very possibility.
      Thanks Mark for helping back shenmue 3 in a major way

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      Ismaele SOCCIO on June 18, 2015

      Thank you Mark !!!

    44. iDannes on June 18, 2015

      Mark, just thank you! From Marble Madness to Playstation 4 (and now Shenmue), the video game era could not be the same without your work.

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      Jordan Zwack on June 18, 2015

      Thank you Mark Cerny! I look forward to the AMA, hopefully we'll get some good answers. Particularly I wonder why there's no ps4 physical edition, a 60 dollars pledge for ps4 physical edition would be really helpful for the campaign I feel, there's definitely demand for it including myself.

    46. Guillermo Oseguera on June 18, 2015

      I will not stop posting this (no matter the subject) until it is confirmed: PS4 PHYSICAL RELEASE!!! PLEASE!!

    47. mabec on June 18, 2015

      That reddit is going to be helpful

    48. Chris on June 18, 2015

      I agree with jamie.

    49. The Wild Man of Borneo on June 18, 2015

      Whoever is posting these updates, can you please review the comments board and respond to the fans demands.