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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.
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Twitch Recap

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Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining Yu Suzuki on Twitch on Friday! Many of the big questions from the campaign so far were addressed, so here is a rundown of questions and Mr. Suzuki’s responses:

Will there be a physical reward for PS4? This is the most requested reward, and one I personaly would like to see the most. For right now though, I would like to ask everyone to hold on a little while yet.

How will the funding from the Kickstater be used? There is a Kickstarter Budget Estimate graph on the project page, so please have a look there for the details .

Will we see an improvement in the graphics? Especially concerning Ryo’s face, I am not satisfied with how it looks right now. We are still in the development stage, and you can expect improvements as we go along.

The background images of Ryo are from Shenmue 2 and in the foreground, is the updated version of Ryo. I am still not happy with this current model, and will continue make improvements. Ryo’s personality will come out not only in the character model, but also in how he moves and in his facial expressions.

Will the original voice actors for Ryo also be in Shenmue 3? I think that (Masaya Matsukaze for the Japanese language version, and Corey Marshall for the English version) are the best match for Ryo and I would like to see them back. We are currently in negotiations for them to come back, so please wait a little while until we can give you all of the details.

Will payments through PayPal be accepted? Now I am currently looking into PayPay other payment methods to help fund the project. We are still considering other options, but do not have an answer for you right now.

Will there be DRM-free version for Windows PC? We are still looking into that option as well, but it is not something that we can decide on our own, and will need to discuss it with the other parties concerned.

Will there be Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 HD Remastered versions? I personally would like to see remastered versions come out before Shenmue 3, so fans can really get to know the story and enjoy 3 even more. I really hope this could happen. The rights to Shenmue 1 & 2 belong to Sega, so I am not in a position to comment on it. However I would like to talk to them about it.

What is the Rapport System? It will be a feature that governs Shenhua’s attitude towards you, depending on your conversations or actions you take. I believe it will provide a new twist to Shenmue.

What is the Skill Tree System? There will be many different ways to obtain Technique Scrolls from—from the shops, mini-games, betting games, and quests. Those technique scrolls will allow you to use those techniques right away in battle as a QTE event. The Advanced Skill Techniques and Arcane Skill Techniques are managed in a tree diagram where you fill up the tree to complete your martial arts learning.

What are the Baisha Stretch Goals? The $5 million Srtetch Goal will focus on the area, Baisha. This will be something new and fun I would like to include for Shenmue 3. It will include siege and infiltration events based off the Warring Kingdoms period in Chinese history. The events will be very Shenmue-like and will fit into the game naturally and will not be difficult to grasp. There is also the Character Perspective System. It is a character change system, but in Shenmue, it will work a little differently. It will allow you to play as Shenhua or Ren, besides Ryo. The choices that Shenhua or Ren would make would be different from those of Ryo’s because their personalities are different. It will bring out their individual character and add another element of enjoyment to the game. There are Stretch Goals up to $11 million, and I would like to explain those next week!

How will Shenmue 3 be different at $3 million, $5 and $10 million? At the $3 million level, Shenmue 3 will be more story oriented. Going to $5 million, there will be features not present in 1 & 2, features that I really want to see in Shenmue 3 like the Warring Kingdom scenarios. At the $10 million level, the area Choubu will get a big expansion, and be like Dobuita in Yokosuka where you will have a lot of options to explore and have fun. I hope we can shoot for that goal and make Shenmue 3 more open world like.  

Is Shenmue 3 the end of the story? The initial story line contains 11 chapters. I thought about condensing the story in 3, but I thought that necessitate cutting too much of the story out, so I decided not to go that route. Many fans really want to see the whole story.  

When will the Trail version come out? The Trial version will require many of the basic systems to be functional first, so it will be released in the latter half of the development process. I would most likely be looking sometime after we get into 2017.  

There are so many questions that you would like to have answered yet, and we will do our best to answer what we can at this stage of development, so please keep asking away, There will be more Q & A with Yu Suzuki to follow!

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    1. Missing avatar

      Daidj on

      Hey Awesome Japan !
      If you really want to fund this project, stop working on new pledges that 100's of fans will buy, and work on a video that will make 1000's of non-fans want to play the game !

      Show them Shenmue 2 footage with free battles, QTE's, arcade, digital daily life, intrigue...
      Who will wanna pledge for leaves in a river and people saying "Wanna jump ?" - "Yeah !" ? Besides the fans... There is an alternative youtube video you can use when working on your own video...

      Of course, I'd be happy to pledge more for other rewards, but what will help the project will be new players who will send 29$, so please stop losing time... Thanks.

    2. Mark L
      Superbacker
      on

      I, for one, appreciate the clear and succinct recap of the Q&A, which answered most of my major questions. I appreciate that it was brief, to the point, and easy to understand.

      I would also suggest that Ryo's portrait is probably designed to be his 'neutral face' - many games start with a neutral, no-real-feelings face as the base, and then overlay anger/pride/embarrassment/sorrow features by modifying the neutral face. So the fact that it does not show great emotion is probably by design, and in emotional situations it will probably be modified accordingly. He would thus appear more angry/determined/etc. in a typical conflict situation. Just a guess on my part, but I think it is a reasonable one.

    3. TsukuyomiMagi007 on

      @Thierry How was the Q & A useless? They asked some of the most potent questions that fans have had about the KS. Including the possibility of making Shenmue 3 DRM-free, Suzuki talking to Sega about Shenmue 1 & 2 HD, and a physical PS4 version. On top of all that he gave out more reward tiers.

    4. Kevin Hana on

      I'm so pleased to know Yu Suzuki is working on Ryo's face design. It looks better but it's not there,- quite yet.

      The hair color is slightly off as compared the previous games. Darker hair and tweaked face design will be best in my opinion.

      I truly believe Shenmue 3 will be a wonderful game!

    5. Elias Llamas on

      @Jose Luis Tur you make an excellent point, sir.

    6. Jose Luis Tur on

      @Elias Llamas I don't know what to say about that... Yes, I understand your point of view, of course, and in some way I agree with it, but then... I don't want the story to finish if it's not in it's best way, I don't want Shenmue 3 to see the end of the story, I want Shenmue 3 to see how the storie continues. If it were for me, I would buy up to shenmue 39 if I had to, because for me, shenmue 1 and 2 are the best games I've ever played and in some way I will feel sad the day the storie is closed. Yes, it's been 14 years waiting for shenmue 3, but 14 years of Ryo, Shen Hua, Nozomi, etc. residing in my heart and making me dreaming about how their lives would be.

      Ah well, as I said, i have mixed feelings.

    7. Elias Llamas on

      I'm not sure how to feel about shenmue 3 not being the last game... we are just going to be back at square one when we finish this one with the unfinished story, and if this doesn't generate enough new fans to the series, then we might really never see the end. which is really more of a loss than condensing the story in my opinion, what do you guys think?

    8. Carlito's Waypoint on

      @Vito Look at the scope and exploration of the environments in Shenmue 1 and 2 in comparison to the Telltale games, which are mainly story-driven.

    9. Vito "Vitoner" Lanci on

      The whole open world thing is not clear at all.

      Could you explain what Suzuki-san imagines this open world to be like? Maybe comparing it to Shenmue 1 & 2?

    10. Kris Kamaruddin on

      Yes, please convince Sega to release Shenmue 1 & 2 HD on PC and PlayStation 4.

    11. JustADude on

      I think new Ryo could certainly be improved. He just looks a little... expressionless. The Ryo of Shenmue 1 & 2 by comparison appeared more determined.

      On a separate subject. Would love to see the return of the dynamic weather system seen in Shenmue 01.

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      Thierry on

      Wow... Quite useless Q&A recap :-( Nothing new, still no new rewards or tiers...
      And even worse : Shenmue could be NOT drm-free, even for backers ?? As BSL said, don't coun't on me anymore if that's the case...

    13. Jose Luis Tur on

      A good idea would be to do a live streaming in a time that europeans can enjoy, last one was at 4 AM here in Spain...

    14. mvd85 on

      Within minutes after the stream there was a transcript on Shenmue Dojo, which is far superior to this one. Make use of the help the fanbase is willing to provide so you can focus on creating new content instead. Start communicating with fans as Cedric Biscay is doing!!

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      Nunes on

      Thanks for this interview !
      We are with you dear Yu ;-)
      Ganbatte !

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      Johannes Burkart on

      Really? That's it? Not ONE word about why the interviewer acted so weird and disrespectfully?

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      John Ellis on

      I wouldn't be surprised if Sega release the first 2 on a digital distribution service closer to the time when 3 comes out, to maximise sales.

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      Graphicsgod on

      *Will there be a physical reward for PS4? This is the most requested reward, and one I personaly would like to see the most. For right now though, I would like to ask everyone to hold on a little while yet.

      Wait after all the money you have received and all the help you're getting from Sony (or at least what we've heard anyway), you guys haven't gotten this ironed out yet?!? Come on, you got Sony to give you a spot at E3 and give you space on PSN, how hard is it to convince them to make some PS4 disks after meeting your goal in a record 9 hours!!

      *Will we see an improvement in the graphics? Especially concerning Ryo’s face, I am not satisfied with how it looks right now. We are still in the development stage, and you can expect improvements as we go along.

      At first I wasn't too concerned with this, but the more I look at his face, the more he looks too "western" lol. He kinda looks like his parents were half Japanese and half American ;). I liked the way he looked in SM 1&2 more. 100% Japanese in the previous games. Just my 2 cents ;).. I would like him to look more traditional Japanese, but there are more important things ATM.

      *Will there be DRM-free version for Windows PC? We are still looking into that option as well, but it is not something that we can decide on our own, and will need to discuss it with the other parties concerned.

      I REALLY REALLY hope the PC ver. will be DRM-free!!! Nobody wants to deal with DRM BS, esp. when they pledged $100+ for a "physical copy", myself included!!

      *Will there be Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 HD Remastered versions? I personally would like to see remastered versions come out before Shenmue 3, so fans can really get to know the story and enjoy 3 even more. I really hope this could happen. The rights to Shenmue 1 & 2 belong to Sega, so I am not in a position to comment on it. However I would like to talk to them about it.

      This is and has been the most important thing on my mind since this kickstarter started!! I have been pushing this on here and twitter since the beginning ;)! Without the first two games being re-released either in digital form or a bonus disk, this game won't be as strong both financially nor as a way to get fans and newcomers on board for SM3!! You can even charge money for them and we would buy them!! Remake them in HD with 1080p 16:9 support, and people will fight for them!! I'm not asking for you to go through the extra effort of remaking them as well, I would be happy just getting them ported! But if you really want to make people happy, putting in a little extra effort will go the distance!!

      I'm glad to hear you're starting to think about this option and will give another go at asking Sega for the rights to those games!! Sega ain't making any money on them any more, so it shouldn't be to hard to convince them to give you Yu the rights for some cash! I mean they gave you the ability to make SM3, all those same characters were in the other games. You should even add it as a stretch goal! Worse comes to worse, couldn't you just remake them if your stretch goals hit 20Mil ;)?? Just put some effort into it Yu ;)..

      Thank you Yu for answering some questions, but I can not wait for these "maybes" to turn into concrete answers and proof! Keep up the good work Yu!!

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      BSL on

      Will there be a physical reward for PS4? If you want more money there better be, there'd be over $5 million already if you offered a physical PS4 disc, use those Sony connections for crying out loud.

      Will there be DRM-free version for Windows PC? If it isn't, consider my pledge lowered if not right out cancelled.

      Is Shenmue 3 the end of the story? I'm with others, Shenmue 4 would be awesome, however don't count on fans having patience or willing to put out money after having to wait 14 years for the announcement of this game. Release 3 and go for broke, give Ryo closure and if its a massive smash then do Shenmue 4. In that game cover the parts you feel were needed and call it the lost chapters or something. We never got to see the boat ride from Japan to Hong Kong (from Shenmue 1 --> 2) and I don't think we missed anything.

      Over the half of the campaign is done and you're still working on hashing out details. Especially after seeing the awesomely run Bloodstained campaign, I'm highly disappointed by this one, (I mean you're even working with fangamer on rewards, hire them to help with the campaign, for goodness sake) how it's been run and how badly it's been planned and the serious lack of urgency in getting answers to questions (like the ones form this Q&A). I expected better with this campaign, you have 18 days to do better, use the time wisely.

    20. sabata2 on

      Wait, Shenmue 3 won't wrap up the story?
      I could get wanting to tell the story you've wanted to tell, but upon hearing that I'm only MORE concerned that we'll never get a Shenmue 4!

    21. Norman G. on

      (Sorry double post) : Consider that every move in this Kickstarter is a chance to get more funds, or in the opposite is a risk to have people run away from the project. I'm still willing to fund your project, by the way.

      Ganbatte !

    22. Norman G. on

      Hi,
      This is Dane's comment about what happened during the interview. With all my due respect, I felt chocked and I invite everyone to copy/paste if they felt the same :
      "I dont want to offend you, but can you just tell us why the interviewer behaved liek that? If he has some condition that is ok, i have myself too, but the person behaved and sounded really rude and disrespectful to yu suzuki. The stream also felt very unprofessional and like you didnt prepare anything at all for it."

      Best regards,

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      Maicon Wiliam Heiber on

      Never more that red guy!!!

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      Dewey Le on

      why did it take two days just to get a recap?

    25. Juan Carlos Gonzalez on

      thank you for the update

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      TerenceLau8 on

      Dear Ys Net Team.
      Could you please add Chinese subtitles? we can see Portuguese as stretch goals already, but quite disappoint that although the stretch goals is up to 11.00M, there still no any goals related to chinese subtitles, especially we know that Shenmue 3 story is happen in China, and a lot of things are about chinese culture. I love Shenmue, I hope more people can enjoy the great Shenmue story in my country(1.3 billion people in china and also include Honk Kong, Taiwan and the oversea chinses, a very big market), I just want to share the greate Shenmue with my friend . Please add Chinese language, even just some subtitles text is enough, please, please! Thank you very much!

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      Daniel Bardsley on

      guys ... no more recaps.

    28. Joshua Kramer on

      Thanks, good update!

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      Art Sir on

      i was able to reach out to the red shirt guy and he responded to me right away which was very generous. And addressed my concerns i think we r in good hands. and just give him a chance and he will get all your questions answered from yu eventuallu.

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      Jerry Zacharatos on

      Please adjust the look of Ryo to resemble his appearance in Shenmue 1-2. In this new design he looks to soft /meek.

    31. Michael Teague Jr on

      No sure how I feel about Shenmue 3 not wrapping up the story when there is no guarantee of another Shenmue game after this one.

    32. WhiteLikePaste on

      I think there will be a part of the game where something happens to Ryo where you won't be able to play as him. Therefore, it would make sense to play as the other two.

    33. Jack on

      Why Shenmue 3 will feature multiple playable characters? Doesn't this break the immersion of the game world? In past Shenmue games we only followed the story from the protagonist's perspective (we players as Ryo), so this decision doesn't make sense. Please don't add multiple playable characters in Shenmue 3.

    34. The Wild Man of Borneo on

      I witnessed Red Shirt Guy pop a boner during this interview!!!

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      Karl Deavers on

      I really hope they don't return with that red shirt guy next Q&A.

    36. bateaulait on

      Our red shirt pal's masterpiece crystallized in the most useless Q&A transcription ever.

    37. Giga_Force on

      Looking forward to that trial version! :)

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      Vasu Chetty on

      So we're completely ignoring an Xbox version, right?

    39. Otoshigami No. 40723
      Superbacker
      on

      well this is nothing new as shenmuedojo already got it. :/

    40. Goro on

      I dont want to offend you, but can you just tell us why the interviewer behaved liek that? If he has some condition that is ok, i have myself too, but the person behaved and sounded really rude and disrespectful to yu suzuki. The stream also felt very unprofessional and like you didnt prepare anything at all for it.

    41. Thomas Hoang on

      Please have a different interviewer next time.

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      Tsoek Cheung on

      Is that all!!!!!!

    43. Joshua MercurousSnake Rosado on

      Let's get some "new" updates peeps <3