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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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Ryan Payton – The Meaning of Shenmue on Kickstarter

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)

Shenmue Salutations!

Here we are with two days left! This month has been quite a journey, and just like our hero Ryo, we have fought hard battles and made new friends along the way. None of us can doubt we have been brought together by the love we share for this game that has given us so much.

One of those new friends and a key member who helped Yu Suzuki get Shenmue 3 off the ground, onto Kickstarter, and where we are now, is the founder of Camouflaj and the Director of République, Ryan Payton. Ryan is back for our final video interview of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. He had already spoken with us before the project went live, but as a Kickstarter veteran and Shenmue fan, he knew how important fan involvement through Kickstarter meant to Shenmue.

Bringing the past and future of Shenmue full circle, Ryan sums it all up as we head into the final leg of the Kickstarter journey with his motivational words in part two of his video. Don’t miss it!

Eloquently put sir! Thank you again for all of your work helping make Shenmue 3 something we can all share and be a part of! Everyone, please give Ryan another big round of applause!

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Special Commemorative Sculpture Reward  

Still looking for that something special to celebrate the occasion? Then this may be just the thing for you.  

CRYSTAL MEMORIES - $2,500 Become the proud owner of a highly collectible, laser engraved crystal sculpture of Ryo and Shenhua. Commemorate Shenmue 3 in style. Comes with an LED stand (requires 3 AAA batteries) that illuminates the design within. Crystal: W50mm×H80mm×D50mm, w/ stand: W66mm×H112mm×D66mm, total weight: 556g. Includes the RYO VOICE MESSAGE BY COREY MARSHALL Reward.

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Campaign Final Hours Twitch Broadcast 

Yu Suzuki will be joined with the Shenmue 3 project members in a special live broadcast to count down the final hours as the Kickstarter project comes to a close. Scheduled to make an appearance are animation producer Hiroaki Takeuchi and main character designer Kenji Miyawaki. 

The official Shenmue 3 Twitch channel can be found at: 

The festivities will start at the following time: 

  • Yokosuka: July 18, 8:00AM JST 
  • Hong Kong: July 18, 7:00AM HKT 
  • Bailu: July 18, 7:00AM CST
  • Los Angeles: July 17, 4:00PM PDT 
  • New York: July 17, 7:00PM EDT 
  • Berlin: July 18, 1:00AM CEST 
  • Paris: July 18, 1:00AM CEST 
  • Rome: July 18, 1:00AM CEST 
  • London: July 18, 12:00AM BST
  • Moscow: July 18, 2:00AM MSK
  • Moscow: July 18, 2:00AM MSK  
  • Seoul: July 18, 8:00AM KST
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    1. Missing avatar

      Thibault on

      Mr Suzuki, do your best, take your time, but ... not to much right :)

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      Thibault on

      So Happy, best money never spent.

    3. John Cannon on

      It's nice to finally have a new physical reward tier but it's WAY outside my price range. I can do up to $1000. Please put in something like a PS4, artwork of the Shenmue, or the like.

    4. Erwan LE CAÏNEC on

      My God ! You're right for the crystal but I really can't do it either but definitely, it would have been my pledge if I were rich.

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      Philip Stafford on

      Omg I love that Crystal sculpture/display more then you could possibly know, I want it so bad, but I can't afford 2,500 bucks right now. I hope you also make it as official high end merchandise after KS, and the game is released(special order only ofcourse), because I would so save up money to buy it.

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      Bruno Albino on

      Cool update!

      Please consider adding lower tiers to attract more backers and receiving donations after the Kickstarter campaign is over :)

      Shenmue III ! :D

    7. Kivanov Ivan on

      You should make a offer of extra bonus to the 80 and 100USD pledges, so must users can make a little higher pledge. i did go from 29 to 60 because of Physic PS4 game, and i will go to 100 if i get ost and artbook because i´m also a game collecotr. Like me other users will boost this in the last hours.

    8. Long Tran on

      I rather have some stuffed figures from the games...

    9. Jérôme Lambert on

      New reward "CRYSTAL MEMORIES - $2,500" added to pledge calculator on King Pledger!

    10. Zzhh on

      Awesome! Thank Ryan! I'm so happy, Shenmue returned!

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      Padraic on

      crystal memories is a nice reward for those who can afford it. Wow thats a lot of Twitch stuff. Think we will end somewhere between 5.3-5.5 max

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      Cameron Hons on

      Congratulations to all at the Shenmue team. i am really loooking forward to the game.

    13. iPLAY SEGA!! on

      C'mon peeps, let's reach at least 6M!!
      WE NEED that advanced free battle system!! ♥

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      AM2Model3 on

      Shenmue3 means everything to me! Thank you everyone! This is the game that my gaming spirit and soul has longed for these 14years, waiting to be set free. It is the ultimate game!

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      AM2Model3 on

      Waiting 14 years has been a challenge, and now totally worth it! Thank you ryan from my humble spirit.

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      AM2Model3 on

      Ryan payton! Thank you so much man! I am indebted to you for your help getting shenmue3 to kickstarter and happy that you love the series like we all do. Yes disc4 of shenmue2 is super amazing! Goosebumps oh yes! An unforgettable experience. Shenmue3 is the ultimate kickstarter, no doubt. When i saw yu suzuki foto with mark cerny one or two years ago, my heart fluttered. Then when yu suzuki tweeted the forklift right before e3 2015, i about had a heart attack. No way suzuki san would do that without a real reveal. Upon seeing the sony presentation i was just speechless, shenmue3 announcement is a dream come true at e3, so awesome to feel like a kid again. Thank you ryan, i bought republique and love mgs4. Thank you for your help on shenmue3!

    17. michael hubert on

      If we get a bit more press then we can see if we can get another 500k before the end iam hoping for 6.3 but we won't know till its over.

    18. Ari Tomi Stenberg on

      I think people are a little too over optimist to think we get 7,5m More realistic end is 5,5m+ or around 6m.

    19. Lee Donagh on

      I also would like to continue to help fund Shenmue 3 after Kickstarter. We can still get those stretch goals. At least give us a time frame to try.

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      jeremy welton on

      So, does the new reward not include the $600 reward?

    21. T.J. Fuller, Jr.

      ...and one of these festivities is a :slacker backer" announcement, right? Riiight? (I know I'm harping on this point, but with such lofty stretch goals and perpetually new tiers, why NOT extend the funding opportunities?)

    22. Lungkisser on

      Honestly we need a stretch goal between 5.1 and 6 if you want to keep momentum going. 6 seems far away to a lot of people, and .9 million dollars gets us nothing new?

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      Shige kun on

      It is wonderful to see that all of the effort put into those high level tiers has paid off. Great work guys.

    24. David Brown on

      I couldn't be more impressed with Ryan, nor agree with him more about everything he says. I'm going to buy Republique purely due to these interviews.

    25. Mura on

      Hey AwesomeJapan,

      With the last Stream receiving such negative feedback, which prompt you guys to give an apology in the end, I do hope that you've learned and taken all the constructive criticism at heart for this final stream.

      Don't let us down and please, don't think that an apology means we'll just forget everything; you have to do this right, not only for the fans, but for Shenmue III.

      Thank you.

    26. Chris on

      Thank You foe detailed timing information :)

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      Shige kun on

      #SaveOurSaves #VMU2USB Help us to carry our saves from Shenmue and Shenmue II to the new game. Onegaishimasu

    28. Peter Biu on

      Corey Marshall the voice of Ryo just did a interview with the guys from Retro Domination. Take a look guys and girls.

    29. Sebastian Wientzek on

      I hope we get a better stream, the last time the audio and video quality was potato.