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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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Corey Marshall back for 3!!!

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)

Hello Everyone!

Just in! Corey Marshall, the actor who did the English voice acting for the main character Ryo in Shenmue 1 & 2, is now confirmed for Shenmue 3! 

The support for Mr. Marshall to reprise his role as Ryo has been just overwhelming! 

We would all like to thank Corey-san for coming back, and especially for all the support he has given to Shenmue over the years.

Corey is as excited for Shenmue's return as we all are, and to help out, he has magnanimously offered his voice for a special reward. Yes, that's right--get a personal message from Ryo!  Do not miss this opportunity to get a very special message from Ryo himself. Maybe one those classic Ryo one-liners?

The $1,000 Reward for the Corey Marshall as Ryo Voice Message will include the $500 Reward. The Ryo Voice Message will also be included in the Rewards for $2,000 and up.

The Man as The Man
The Man as The Man

Still ahead later this week we have some highly anticipated Rewards in the works and almost ready to go up, so keep it here!

What's Shenmue?

The finishing touches are being put on the new video to help spread the good word of Shenmue. There have been lots of great ideas and fan videos already out there and we would like to use them all if we could! But we have some great footage on the way to let everyone know about our favorite video game of all time.

#SaveShenmue Tweetathon on Twitter on the 3rd!

Every third of the month has traditionally been the day to show your support for Shenmue 3.

To celebrate the final??? #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, this Friday, the 3rd of July, Yu Suzuki will be joining in to Tweet along with you! 


As part of the festivities, he will also be taking questions this week to be answered  Friday the 3rd July 2015, 7:00PM PDT. From your Twitter account, you canTweet to Yu Suzuki by including the hashtag #YouaskYu in your message along with your question.

Get your unanswered questions answered by Yu Suzuki!  See you there!


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    1. Missing avatar

      Stanlee D'Man on

      As the update states: "The support for Mr. Marshall to reprise his role as Ryo has been just overwhelming!"

      Corey is fine.
      Ya could tell in this thread which ones never played the first 2 Shenmue games.

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      Christopher Bowling on

      Dual audio.. Please. I love both performances regarding the main voice actors.

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      Jay A on

      While I am very happy Corey is back as Ryo (and hope a few of the other actors for the main characters such as Eric Kelso, Lisle Wilkerson, Akasha Scholen, and Paul Lucas can return also), I do hope the voice direction will be given careful attention for this game. The English voice direction in Shenmue I and II was iffy for the most part, with some decent performances being heard along with some rather mediocre showings, too. I really hope an experienced director/producer for English voice work from the U.S. will be hired to bring the best out of the cast involved for Shenmue III!

      Also, I agree with a lot of the fans that a Dual Language option would be a great feature.

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      José Silva on


    5. Tony Q. on

      Great news!

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      Xscape2040 on

      Good update and good to hear the english voice from Ryo will be back. But please include both language tracks in the final game!

      The message by Corey Marshall is also nice even though it`s for the deeper pockets...
      BUT you need to be more specific, will this just be an mp3 the backer gets, will it be integrated into the game and Ryo says it in the game, ....

    7. Norman & Victor on

      Japanese voices are mandatory. So don't forget dual audio option

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      capconchi on

      Must have dual audio.

    9. Maurice Branscombe on

      I think Keifer Sutherland would have been a great Ryo. #Joking

    10. transplantjo on

      Please have dual audio , I would like to play shenmue 3 with the dub and japanese with english subtitles .

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      Tomi Valkonen on

      Good to know. Hes like David Hayter or Elias Toufexis of Shenmue series.

    12. Jonathan Goldberg, the harmony artist on


      I understand how you feel. But the game itself, Shenmue III, is expected to be epic - Regardless. Don't let the lack of what you expected as Kickstarter rewards (Which for the most part, is out of Yu Suzuki's control), deter you from supporting the man that brought us Shenmue I and II, as well as his other genuine classics before them. And if your previous lack of faith toward Shenmue III's kickstarter was due to a lack of a physical PS4 edition as a Kickstarter reward, trust me when I say that, Sony WANTS to produce physical PS4 editions of the game for sale, down the line. However, they just won't make it available as a Kickstarter reward. That's all.

      So have faith, and like Yu Suzuki says "Be patient". Because, it WILL come.

      : )

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      SolidSonicTH on

      You've saved my interest in this project. The English voice acting for the original Shenmue was nothing special (and, in fact, quite hokey) but the fact that you're trying so hard to solidify the original Shenmue experience for the fans is enough to pull me back in.

      I really hope the game itself delivers but as far as creative integrity, I feel like this project has it.

    14. Jonathan Goldberg, the harmony artist on

      Corey Marshall is back? Of course he's back. This is what he and Yu have wanted for weeks.

      Domo arigato Corey Marshall, Yu Suzuki and the Ys Net team!

      : )

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      AM2Model3 on

      Thank u corey marshall!

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      Christopher McCallion on

      Woo ryo voice actor back

    17. Thang Tran on

      i'm not a fan of english dub but it's awesome that original english voice of ryo is back for more =]

    18. FlamingFirewire on

      Awesome! Great to hear that he'll be back to reprise his role. Hopefully this speaks well for a majority of the other cast members in both Japanese and English where possible :)

    19. Alex Greg on

      Come on guys! Do you wanna double this money???
      Announcing the following then:
      1- remaster of the first and second Shenmue on digital and on Disc 90$ for both
      2- ps4 blue ray disc version 60$
      3- put together a nice trailer with some basic gameplay.

    20. Alex Spivak on

      What kind of special message is it? Can we request him to say anything we want?

    21. Shenmue_Is_Back on

      Corey Marshall FTW!

    22. Matthew Clark on

      Who do we tweet our questions to re: #YouaskYu?

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      Marc on

      @Alex Craske I agree with you, but I'd rather have the choice. If i feel that the English voice over is so bad that it makes me laugh and despair, then I'd switch to the original voice over with subtitles (and it's a French guy saying this).

      A bit like these KS videos. I'm sad they didn't include optional subtitles in the Japanese versions because (and i'm really, really sorry for the voice actor) the English ones feel so cheap that they killed the hype when I was donating and I can't show them to friends to convince them to get involved.

      ps : Hopefully, someone understood this as well and made an alternative KS video (link posted here earlier).

    24. Ari Tomi Stenberg on

      Somehow i already know this forehand.

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      James bower on

      some folks probably want the voiceover to be as it was in the two origional games but id like to see some more emotion this time round, in the characters and the voice acting

    26. Alex Craske on

      @Exiled - I didn't realise a subjective opinion could be a fact...

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      TCprod on

      I'm super excited because i just decided on playing all the Shenmue games with the original Japanese voices so the Englishless second game on the Dreamcast cannot bother my experience.

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      Dave Frear on

      Great news, but like others have mentioned I hope Japanese with English subs is available as an option too.
      Having played dubbed Shenmue 1 and subbed Shenmue 2, I'd like both options to be available.

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      Ealynn on

      Great! ^_^

      Maybe it's an idea to add multiple copies of the game as a reward tier? As long as there is no paypal option, it would be an easy method to help out a friend to pledge to the kickstarter if they don't have a creditcard.

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      MOE on

      A simple and effective plan to help Shenmue is adding NEW backers among people you know:

      1.) Backers, kindly ask 2 or 3 of your gaming friends to each give $29 for Shenmue. This video serves as a good introduction:… This article is another good intro to Shenmue:

      2.) $29 is very reasonable for this great game (ideal amount for people who don't know about it yet but are interested in video games generally)

      3.) If we all do this and reach 2-3 new people among our friends/co-workers etc. this Kickstarter reaches well over 100K backers!

      Keep posting on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels and PERSONALLY contact people you know or speak to friends about this campaign...thanks.

    31. Richard Gestrich on

      Ryo isn't the same without Corey's be it cheesy or not. Welcome back!!!

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      Nunes on

      What a good news ! :-)

    33. Scherge on

      @Alex Spivak
      I would totally pledge for a Dreamcast version! :-)

      Then again, I'm pretty sure Sony, SEGA and possibly Ys Net are already secretly discussing how to remaster (or at least port) Shenmue 1 and 2. My biggest fear is that, if I have to start over from scratch, I won't be as patient with the mini games and day job activities as I was 15 years ago... :-/

    34. Pass_the_M on

      Ok cool that Corey is back but I really hope they don't purposely make the dub cheesy, the era of bad VA being acceptable has been long over. or at the very least let us choose the jpn dub.

    35. Vigaman on

      YES! Welcome back Corey!! So happy about this news. Looking forward to hearing you as Ryo in Shenmue III!

    36. Ryan Lloyd on

      fantastic news, agree with others that an updated video with the correct Ryo voice acting would be really nice to see and spur on some more pledges.

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      Haydn Paterson on

      Best news since Shenmue 3 ! Welcome back Corey !

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      MARTIN Thomas on

      I want japanese voices with french subtitiles... Not english voices like Shenmue 1.

    39. Carlito's Waypoint on

      Epic news! Welcome back, Corey Marshall. Hopefully we see the return of Lisle Wilkerson and Paul Lucas, as well as the other original cast members.

    40. Yannick F. on

      This is awesome! Welcome back Corey!

    41. EMind on

      @Alex Craske, no, that's a fact. English voice actors in japanese games just suck.

    42. Tyler Waldman on


      Now, since this obviously means we're getting a dub, we can stop talking about it in theoretical terms. Please take lessons from the first two games and cast and record it with a company that knows what they're doing using talent local to wherever you record. Tokyo doesn't exactly offer a wealth of anglophone talent, nor the best English scriptwriters. New Generation, for example, has a studio in Shanghai and can fly actors there to produce on the cheap for Asian companies like Ys Net. They also have an LA-area studio, as do Studiopolis, NYAV Post and Bang Zoom.

    43. Alex Spivak on


    44. Riccardo Trillocco on

      Great update, I'm very happy for Corey! I hope that Eric Kelso, Akasha Scholen, Lisle Wilkerson and the rest of the cast will be on board too...
      About the "highly anticipated Rewards in the works", it's time to announce the PS4 physical, we got just 16 days left, we need a big boost!!!

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      Mojo on

      As long as I can choose to play with japanese voices and Masaya as Ryo I'm ok with this. Although I agree, the english dub was terrible, and I hope bad VA won't scare off people who are new to the series. Maybe they can improve the directing of the cast, I don't know.

    46. Shenmue_Is_Back on

      AWESOME news! Wouldn't be right without the original voice of Ryu. I just hope he doesn't become a parody of himself, and takes the lines seriously like he did in Shenmue 1 and 2.
      Corey Marshall FTW!

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      Tsoek Cheung on

      This special voice message would be cool to play at the end during the end credits. Thanking the ones that pledge that Tier.

    48. Billy Rigney on

      HOORAY!!!! Great news!!!!! Welcome back Corey!

    49. Alex Craske on

      @Exiled - That's your personal opinion, a lot of people would much rather listen and understand, allowing themselves to fully immerse themselves, instead of needing to read everything.
      This makes the game feel more accessible to others, I'm not sure how many new players would want to pick up a game in a foreign language... so it'll more likely be much more profitable like this.