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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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New Trailer for Shenmue 3 & NPC Reward Added

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)
Greetings Shenmue Family!

We have come to the final three days of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter! Your support and encouragement alone have already made this project a huge success. Thank you!!!

But we are not finished yet! It is our pleasure to announce the new scene from Shenmue 3! It is still a work in progress, but Yu Suzuki has sent it with loving care and hopes it will be all that the fans of the series have come to love, and will show those new to the game some of the wonder and magic they can expect from the continually unfolding world of Shenmue. Please enjoy!

Ryo and Shenhua arrive at the Lake of the Lantern Bugs after their long journey. Entranced, they watch the gentle flight of the lantern bugs upon the mirage-like oasis.

More NPC Last Minute Rewards!!!

Still want to be in the game as an NPC? Don’t miss out on this one! You don’t get to fight Ryo, but you can definitely make his acquaintance!

CHOUBU TRAVELLER / BE A NON-COMBAT NPC - $6,000 Appear as an NPC staying at a Choubu inn. No big battle scene with Ryo, but this is your chance to cameo in the world of Shenmue! Limit 4. RYO VOICE MESSAGE BY COREY MARSHALL Reward included.  

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These final hours are the most important, so please keep sharing and telling those sailors and random people you meet, that the game of decade, nay, the Holocene Era, is upon us! And for the betterment of all mankind, you should give it your support!


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    1. Kevin Hana on

      I definitely enjoy the video though it's pretty rough with the camera work. The 3D models look nice but it's too dark to really see the details.

      I'm glad to see some work in progress regardless!

    2. Scherge on

      Wow, good find. Where is that scene originally from?

    3. Vince Vazquez

      Someone's been having fun playing with lighting in UE4 :D

      That camera work man... that camera work is soooo Shenmue. I didn't think cutscene direction could prove nostalgic until this Kickstarter, but man, I was wrong. The DNA of those classics is totally in this thing throughout. Awesome :)

      Also agree with Don Paco. If people can pump a stupid amount of money into Star Citizen post-KS. you guys can certainly get to the $10m through Paypal. Or hell, Patreon. Give people the option to send Ys Net a dollar or more a month and you'll get there in no time.

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      Don Paco on

      do the paypal, just saying if you seriously want 11 million

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      hazukidojo on

      needs a lot of work, but i love the concept, there is still magic in it, good luck Yu!

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      Andreas O. on

      "Get the Shenmue HD guy. He nailed it."

      I disagree. The texture work in those videos is not up to today's standards, the colors are way too oversaturated and the camera animations are partly bad.

    7. David Asselin on

      Really loving that music in the trailer. Getting some Key (Kanon, Clannad) vibes from it lol. Almost brings tears to my eyes.. :P

      As backer #32, I approve. :)

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      Ping on

      So we have no Chinese language as stretched goal right? Really hope it could be placed somewhere between 5m and 5.1m...

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      Bella88 on

      Amazing thank you for this trailer, although it is such a tease ahhhh :D

    10. Brandon A. C. Kilgore on

      Excuse me AM2Model3 but I can't use twitter if you can or you know of anyone that could I'd appreciate you informing a FaceBook friend of mine that hasn't responded to my post. She's from South Africa and big into the gaming scene [Tshabalala Pippa]

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      AM2Model3 on

      That video is incredible! Goosebumps! I am so excited for shenmue3! Beautiful game! Thank u yu suzuki!

    12. T.J. Fuller, Jr.

      I might could fund this as much as I'd like, but $175 too tight a pinch for a series I only know on reputation. So, please, I beg you, announce a "slacker backer" program. BackerKit, your website, just PayPal, I don't care. Just give us more than this past month to set aside what we'd like. After all, you want that $10M, right?

    13. Kayo Torres on

      Hire that shenmue HD trailer guy from youtube!

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      danwarb on

      Thanks. Faces and the camera movement are very clunky and nothing close to Shenmue yet, but this is a rushed demo for the KS. They're still hiring.

      Get the Shenmue HD guy. He nailed it.

    15. Josh on

      Man they have really nailed that cinematic feel shenmue had ! I think this is showing us that Yu hasnt lost his touch, and is definately going to deliver !! PS. I think Ryo's looking a LOT better !! :D

    16. Al Romaithi

      Is there any chance to add more digital rewards than physical rewards? As I am only more into digital. Please add more digital tiers.

    17. @xqjonah on

      Great trailer, looks promising.

      And on another note, I'm blown away at some of the ignorant negativity I'm reading. Reality check kids: We aren't even a month in on a project that will be 2+ years in development. Kindly keep your expectations realistic and your snark to yourselves, thanks.

    18. Marcel on

      Great to see a new beautiful scene, I can imagine that this will look very good in the final version.

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      Padraic on

      like the trailer definatly better than the last one shame it came so late in the campaign though.

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      Max on

      Good trailer but the fan made trailer you tube a while ago was much much better considering that guy isnt even a big game developer and ys net is.

    21. Adam Clark on

      That was a good trailer :) maybe a bit short but Ryo is looking much better and this is still early stage of development. I love the colorful and detailed graphics. We will make it past $5million!

    22. Jérôme Lambert on

      CHOUBU TRAVELLER / BE A NON-COMBAT NPC reward added to pledge calculator on King Pledger!

    23. Rome Martínez on

      Beautiful video the movement of Ryo's head looks very realistic,
      I liked lighting too. You could tease us also with some more artwork about new characters/places
      Also about the NPC will it feature only the face or will it also resemble actual body constitution?

    24. Jack Kelly on

      Great video! Good progress, thank you guys!

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      Xscape2040 on

      That`s a magical scene even in this early build! I love the atmosphere!
      It`s gonna be breathtaking when it`s finished!

    26. Scherge on

      THAT is the new video everyone was talking about? Errm... It's nice and all (in an FFX way), but I was hoping for a new Kickstarter video that would explain the appeal of "Shenmue" to potential new fans and backers.

      Oh well, looks like I'm in the minority with my disappointment, so I'll just shut up. Glad everyone else seems happy...

    27. Zzhh on

      Good... the actual models are not so well.. but i can see the wonder&magic in the scene...
      Lets go! Almost 5 millions! :)

    28. Edward -EI-O- on

      "the game of decade, nay, the Holocene Era, is upon us!"

      I just wanted to say that is a great line... Keep up the good work! We can break $6 million easily with a good last couple of days!

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      Kurt Kirkman on

      Why do the charecters look so childish? Shenmue was so awesome for how realistic the charecters looked. Ryo doesn't even look Asian in these videos. With the technological advances since Shenmue 2 these charecters should look much better.

    30. WPack911 on

      It's so beautiful! Shenmue is back! :D

    31. john brown on

      7.5 million finish ? Continue funding after kickstarter just like star citizen ?

    32. GuardianDemonX on

      in this trailer they got ryo face right

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      Tsoek Cheung on

      You can tell these models are old. Ryo still looks like a white boy (No offence intended to all) and the female characters clothing has changed since after E3. In this clip she is still wearing the long sleeves.

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      Tsoek Cheung on

      Thanks for the short trailer - still a long long way in development which is understandable.
      Both character models are still a long way off and needs improving.

    36. ShenmueFan on

      Beautiful stuff. If this is what you can do in a few days / weeks i can't wait to see the final product . Lets hope we can at least get to 5.1 million.

    37. Raiden on

      wow such a pretty trailer wish it had talking but it will do :) pretty colors and this looks like Ryo :D

    38. Mura on

      Suggestions: Reduce the bloom and lens flares a bit. They are a bit intrusive and doesn't seem to suit the naturally magical feel of the lake. Other than that, keep it up!

    39. Citrean on

      gave me chills

    40. Ndolger on

      7.9 - Too much lens flare.

    41. Shenmue is back! on

      VERY nice!
      Looks beautiful already!! Seriously cant wait for this game. :D

    42. Marco Antonio Garcia on

      Now that looks like Ryo!

    43. Alexander Moore on

      This is almost surreal! 2017 cannot get here fast enough, haha!...

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      john lei on

      Yes! This is exactly how I envisioned ryo looking! Keep up the great work!