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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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PlayStation 4 Physical Reward Confirmed!

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)

Hello backers, Shenmue fans & PS4 gamers!

The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter proudly announces the addition of the PlayStation 4 Physical Copy Reward.

This is one of the most requested items on the list, and we are very happy to be able to include the Shenmue 3 PS4 Kickstarter Backer’s Edition as a Reward. If you are a Shenmue fan and PS4 gamer, this is the reward to have to commemorate the occasion!

PS4 Physical Copy Reward Details:

All backers pledging for a $60 Reward tier or higher, will have the option of a PS4 Physical Copy as their platform choice. 

After the Kickstarter finishes, a survey will be sent out to backers in these tiers to confirm your choice of platform. Choose one of the following: 

 1. PS4 Physical Copy 

 2. PS4 Digital Copy 

3. Windows PC Physical Copy

4. Windows PC Digital Copy. 

Backers who have pledged for a PC Physical Copy will not need to adjust their rewards if they would prefer a PS4 Physical Copy instead. 

Just a reminder, the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter will be offering only one copy of the game per backer (Trial Version excluded). 

Thanks to all the backers for your comments and suggestions to help make this happen. Please keep your feedback coming by sending us a message through the “Contact me” button on the project page. 


Apology from Awesome Japan 

We offer our sincerest apologies for last week’s Twitch broadcast and any trouble it may have caused. This apology comes late, and we accept full responsibility. We promise we will do everything we can to help bring Shenmue back. We ask for your forgiveness and the opportunity to make amends. – from all of us at Awesome Japan

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    1. David Vuong on

      Just to be clear nobody has received a survey yet right? Because I haven't and I check my email

    2. Stuart Wright on

      Has the survey been sent yet? I do not remember seeing it :( (Email too cluttered)

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      Brandon Duncan on

      When do we get to choose if want a physical ps4 or pc copy of the game?

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      Matthew Tate on

      Is there any way to up my pledge from digital to physical PS4 copy now that the drive is over? I was away when they added the PS4 physical copy option..

    5. TANG on

      Which one is the best?

    6. Scherge on

      Unless Kickstarter changed its policies, it's not possible to change reward descriptions after the first backer chose that particular reward. That's why there's the big update at the top of the main page (that all 60+ dollars tiers come with a choice of a physical PS4 copy instead of PC).

      As many other aspects of this campaign, this was poorly planned out by Awesome Japan, Shibuya Productions and Ys Net. It's good to have surprises mid-campaign, but they should have known it'd require them to patch up the main page, which in turn would confuse potential backers. They also should have known that die-hard fans would want a tangible Collector's Edition for their console. And I don't believe for a minute this wasn't discussed with Sony before their E3 press conference...

    7. Vanessa Lambert on

      You still need to update the 100$ reward description. Seriously...

    8. Christopher Sampson on

      Instant re pledge for the physical copy.

      The amount of people asking for this is proof that most gamer's still want disk based games that they own rather then the so called future, digital only games. A lesson Microsoft learned the hard way

    9. Damian Intrieri on

      estoy mas que feliz de que va a salir la version fisica para ps4 :)

    10. Andrew Mai on

      I can't express how happy I feel knowing this game is finally being made :)

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      Sean Downey on

      Any chance of a $150 tier where you can select two formats of your choice? I'd like a physical PS4 copy and a PC copy. In saying that, I think the $60 physical PS4 tier is very generous - I believe this should have been $100 and to select two formats $200, and most people would happily go for either!

    12. Eder on

      You' re right! of course! Slapping my head right now. Like i said, man, i got too excited over this. I need to calm down and pay attention. It's hard, though. I've waited too long.

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      Tomi Valkonen on

      Great news with PS4 physical copy! Awesome Japan, apology accepted. Some of us took it little bit too far but i'm happy you were brave enough to apology. Let's make this Kickstarter campaign one to remember and have Shenmue III that Yu Suzuki had visioned.

    14. Scherge on

      The $29 tier is digital only and doesn't have shipping costs associated with it. No wonder you missed it. :-)

    15. Eder on

      @anonymous81 thanks, man. I missed it. I just got too excited with the new ps4 physical copy, i just blew right through it to make the pledge. Which makes me realize that i missed it the first time as well when pledging $29.

      I need to calm down and read first, i guess.

    16. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on

      @Eder Yes you pay shipping, however the shipping cost is shown on the side when you confirm your pledge.

      To AWESOME JAPAN: For what it's worth, I personally never felt you owed an apology. Perhaps things weren't ideal, but you live and learn. However the fact that you offered one is very classy and I massively respect it! Keep up the good work.

      We all hope to see more announcements, possibly tomorrow, then another big one near the end. We're starting to lose steam again and need another shot in the arm! We need to cross the home stretch with as many backers as possible!

      And please don't forget to add PayPay, and to do so in a HIGHLY VISIBLE, well promoted way that lets us all feel like we're part of a movement. Don't just toss PayPal out there and leave it to its own devices. it needs to have potential to grow and be advertised! Just my two cents. Peace and success to you all!

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      Al on

      @Eder, from what I've been told by other backers: yes, you will have to pay shipping. I've been told it's $10 or so.

    18. Lester Yung on

      @Orestes Dago: As Scherge already explained, "or" in common English usage is the equivalent of the mathematical and computational "XOR". Sometimes you will see "and/or", which is the equivalent of the mathematical and computational "OR" :)

    19. Eder on

      I have a question, that maybe i should know but i'm new to this whole kickstarter thing (i created an account just for this game). I want to know: will I have to pay for shipping on top of the pledge I already made?

    20. Synbios on

      Don't want to spend hours playing lucky hit whilst a random backers face is staring at me tbh

    21. Joe Arend on

      You spelled "exclusive" wrong on the ps4 physical reward description.

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      Chris McGuire on

      I hope that YsNet can go into more detail about the PC version DRM before we have to pick which version we want for the $100+ tiers. My first choice would be a DRM-free physical PC version, but currently it sounds like both PC versions will have DRM. If it's going to be Steamworks or some other system which locks the game to an online account, I would prefer the physical PS4 copy, even though I don't own a PS4, because then I know that as long as I have a working PS4 and that disc, I'll be able to play the game. If the physical PC version has some kind of on-disc DRM (no Internet connection required), that would be annoying but I'd still pick a physical PC copy as my choice.

    23. Pauline Ooi on

      Really awesome. Best update so far! My 120 pledge is so worth it now lol. Just a quite question... Any possibility that the trial version can also be released as a digital copy in PS4? (For 100 dollars tier and above)

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      Ado Ten on

      Will it be possible to choose the region of the physical copy regardless the country you live in ?

      I live in France but I want a NTSC Japanese game.

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      David Ledermann on

      This is great, gave me the final reason to make a pledge

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      Bjorn Hargestam on

      Excellent, I've just raised my pledge from 5 to 60!

    27. Alessandro Saiko on

      AWESOME! I'll up my pledge for sure now :)

    28. Scherge on

      Not sure if I'm being trolled here, but since we're all in good spirits because of the confirmation of a physical SKU, I'll play along:

      Yes, "or" means "one or the other", so if you're pledging either 60 dollars OR MORE, you will ALWAYS have the option of selecting the PS4 physical copy! You're not getting it at $5 ("Shenmue Lives"), you're not getting it at $29 ("Digital Copy"), but you'll get it at all other tiers from there on up.*

      *) Yes, I even think you'll get it if you choose the "Physical Copy - PC" tier by mistake, as long as you change the selection in the survey you'll be sent once the game is finished in two to three years.

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      Orestes Dago on

      @Scherge, thank you, but it is not clear to me if only $60 pledges are getting the physical copies since there is an "OR" in the sentence which in math term indicates is "either one or the other or both". Sorry for being so strict with the language, for English is my second language, not that I get confused so easily since I have use GOOD English for more than 35 years.

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      Bobby on

      @Awesome Japan, I wanted to thank you for apologizing for the twitch stream. It is a hard thing to do when you have something like this but you have helped make a recovery. The only thing left to do is help us make solid progress till the end. We as a community and you as a company are teamed up to make this project the best it can be.

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      Don on

      THANK YOU! I was waiting for the PS4 Physical Version. I hate digital games. You now have my money. I am glad to give you $60 for a physical copy. Smart choice and we are happy you listened.

    32. Scherge on

      As BSL pointed out, the physical copy is 60 dollars (plus shipping, where applicable). $30 is for digital only (PC or PS4). If the image above doesn't show up for whatever outlandish reason, here's the sentence again:
      "All backers pledging for a $60 Reward tier or higher, will have the option of a PS4 Physical Copy as their platform choice."

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      Orestes Dago on

      @BSL, because I am old and your answer is really vague, I cannot assume anything. a yes or not answer to my question here will be enough: Does the $30 pledge get a PS4 physical copy? Thanks.

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      BSL on

      @Orestes - Do me a favor and scroll up from this message and you see that little picture there. $60 PS4 physical copy. There ya go, the answer to your question. ;-)

    35. A.J. Rogner on

      damit werden etliche Fans ihre Freude haben inklusive meinereiner :D

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      Orestes Dago on

      Does a $30 pledge get me a PS4 physical copy, or do I need to raise the pledge to $60 to get the PS4 physical copy? Sorry but I am confused. Does anyone know for sure how this will be handled? Thanks.

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      Orestes Dago on

      If I raised my pledge to $30, would I get the PS4 physical copy? Does anyone know?

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      Jan on

      Cool thing! So what do I have to do to get the PS4 Shenmue for real in my hands? I already backed the 300$ Tier! Do I have to at 60$ more to get the physical Version? If so, i am happy to do it. Anyway, they should point that out a bit more clear, that everybody can understand it... Thanks. LONG LIFE SHENMUE!!!

    39. Marco Schina on

      I've raised my pledge too!
      If I may make a suggestion, I think you should focus mainly on the structure of cities and on the narratove mechanics. Of course mini-games are great, but ShenmueIII can be an amaing game without some of them as well. What I believe will make Shenmue III a great experience, is the realism of towns, the crowded streets and people's routines. Yu, I hope you will create a very immersive game with a coerent narrative, where we can feel that our actions and choices really matter, even not during the main quest: this is the Shenmue III that I dream.
      I trust Yu <3

    40. Saw Haw Chien on

      Raise my pledge for this, yeah!

    41. R. Cruz on

      Glad to see they were able to get a PS4 physical copy off the ground and we're no longer stuck on a 3.7 million stand still. Hoping we can at least get 5 million when it's over. I'm still crossing my fingers for an eventual XBox One version and physical copy for it as well, even if it does come later than the PS4 and PC versions. Hoping for some kind of announcement on that before the funding period ends.

    42. シェンムーのアンバサダ on

      I also like the changed color(tone) of the new graphics. Keep it up person in charge! ^^
      #SaveShenmue #Shenmue3 #Kickstarter This is it~ 14 years of wait it over?~
      Yu Suzuki can deliver if fans truly support.

    43. Pete Tweedie on

      You know this made sense, yes we're old school and actually having a physical copy really is important to us, thank's for listening! I'll be having a PS4 physical copy :)

      ... is the trial version going to be on PS4 too? I don't have a PC (have a mac) and only play games on consoles.

    44. シェンムーのアンバサダ on

      Legendary update ^^
      Best surprise it could happen at July 3rd's Tweethaton.
      The long running series of #SaveShenmue movement originally shaped by TeamYu-Community. Now lets see what will be in the store next.
      Funny many people are considering to double pledge now
      To get BOTH Physical PS4 and PC versions!
      They make great collection as well.

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      JUN on

      Thank you very much!! I really excited about the physical copy for PS4!!

      In addition, I need trial version for PS4!!

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      Tsoek Cheung on

      To BISCAY - Please provide a ADD ON option so everyone can still pledge and top up whatever merchandise they wish to add at the end of the kickstarter through the survey.
      Example: Allowing ppl to purchase multiple copies of the game, BOTH platforms of the games, shirts, bags, etc etc

    47. Luke Keppler

      YES! Phenomenal job arranging this with Sony in advance. Thank you!

    48. Mike Carson on

      YES! This is the best news so far. Already in at a higher pledge anyway, so this just makes it even better. I can't thank you enough.

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      Antonio Peace on

      THANK YOU! I now willingly and happily give you my munny.