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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.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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Month 3 Progress Report

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Greetings Everyone!

Yes, we are in the third month of development of Shenmue 3. The story and scenarios are now out of the planning stage and it is time to get the people, places and things to start fitting together into a world with proper dimension, adequate space, and appropriate scale to keep the feel and essence of all that is a Shenmue game. 

Map Testing

In this phase of the development, the major work being done is the map testing. Map testing will define the different areas to make sure they are neither too big, nor too small to get to that Goldilocks zone. This consists of looking at the layout of a certain space, and experimenting to make necessary alterations. For example, an outside area may feel too open. That space may be reduced by 20%, and the number of people there increased from 10 to 16, to affect the proper consistency and density of the area.

All elements in the following screen shots are still in testing. Objects are being used as place holders, like the men in black suits, and Ryo is also an older model. Backgrounds and buildings are also still in the development stage and will see reworking. Shots for the two battle scenes were taken at angle to avoid spoilers as much as possible.

Battle test 1
Battle test 1
Battle test 2
Battle test 2
Conversation testing scene
Conversation testing scene
Thatched roof house test model
Thatched roof house test model

The development team is in high spirits now that we have reached this stage where we are finally able to start testing. The studio has become quite the lively place as of late, even on Saturdays for some of us! We look forward to your continued support!

Surveys

Surveys are still in the works and are not ready to be sent out yet. Once the survey system is up, there will be an update here on the Kickstarter page, at shenmue.link, and will be announced on Twitter at @Shenmue_3. We hope to have them out as soon as possible and will be doing our best to get them out to you.

Community Interview & Update Pack

Big thanks as always to fans everywhere for continuing to spread the good word of Shenmue! For this Halloween edition update, Ambassador Ali has put together a COMMUNITY UPDATE PACK featuring a Yu Suzuki interview and plenty of treats from the Shenmue community to jump start your Halloween. Enjoy!!!

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      Aaron on November 26, 2015

      The wait will be worth it!

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      Shawn G. on November 25, 2015

      That looks great. Ryo's face is getting better all of the time. Great work so far! Keep it up and thank you.

    3. Polad Aghayev on November 23, 2015

      any news about upgrading kickstarter pledges by paypal ?

    4. Brandon Gibbs on November 22, 2015

      Well I guess I can say WELL DONE so far! Keep it up!

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      Abdullah on November 1, 2015

      Enough for me to say that SHENMUE 3 IS ON THE WAY!!! Couldn't ask for more.. Thanks guys & best of luck in creating such a game considered by me to be as a one of best top 5 games I've ever played.

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      jose manuel escribano beza on November 1, 2015

      Va tomando forma, va ser un gran juego

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      Donald Miller on October 31, 2015

      If only i could afford a time machine, if they existed, the wait is KILLING ME.

    8. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on October 31, 2015

      @Tommy Sasaki: "All elements in the following screen shots are still in testing. Objects are being used as place holders, like the men in black suits, and Ryo is also an older model. Backgrounds and buildings are also still in the development stage and will see reworking."

      Just a very early conceptual proof of concept. They don't claim that it's "part of the Shenmue environments." 3 months, man. 3 months. Be patient. They have virtually no assets built yet.

    9. MrSonik on October 31, 2015

      3 months in and i still can't believe this. Glad to hear that the studio is pump to continue working

    10. Tommy Sasaki on October 31, 2015

      The background for in the first pic is a tech demo environment for UE4. Why are you using this and stating it to be part of the Shenmue environments?
      Here's proof http://i.imgur.com/8FsgSXK.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/tmwJ4Ep.png

    11. Simone De Taranto Y Zorzi on October 31, 2015

      Very good work!! Ryo has now face proper , although we know Ryo 's face is a little more angry and sharp .

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      davidwhangchoi on October 31, 2015

      i'm proud to be a backer

    13. SeriouslyBlank on October 30, 2015

      Keep up the awesome work! :D

    14. Tom Lee on October 30, 2015

      Amazing, could we have some of these shots resized for desktop wallpaper? I'd love that!

    15. David Deville on October 30, 2015

      素晴らしいアップデートだと思います。そして、First4Figuresに作られているシェンムーの藍帝のフィギアの予約開始日が11月3日に決定しました。興味のある方はこちらのページをご覧下さい。
      http://first4figures.com/

      ******

      Awesome update indeed ! And a good updated followed by another one is even more great. In fact, F4F have announced Lan Di's figure pre-orders schedule : next Tuesday, 3rd November!

      If you're interested and think about getting one : http://first4figures.com/

      ******

      Excellentes nouvelles ! De très beaux screenshots, une bonne interview, rien à redire ! Une autre bonne nouvelle : First4figures a communiqué la date d'ouverture des précommandes pour la statue de Lan Di. Elles commenceront le 3 novembre.

      Pour les personnes intéressées : http://first4figures.com/

    16. シェンムーのアンバサダ Bit.ly/SHENMUE_AMB_OFFICIAL on October 30, 2015

      The updates are been recieved very well and fans can't wait for more of this goodness. Ladies and gentleman to make Shenmue 3 better let's continue spreading the word about http://shenmue.link/order/ Thanks as always!

    17. Alex Surratt on October 30, 2015

      That shadow and lighting looks amazing.

    18. ShenmueFan on October 30, 2015

      i'm very very impressed so far guys !!! If the development continues at this pace , this game is going to be every shenmue fan's dream.

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      Michael Bernacke on October 30, 2015

      These screenshots look very impressive.

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      Kevin Backman on October 30, 2015

      Looks good. Keep up the good work.

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      mastil on October 30, 2015

      ça donne envie...joli travail...merci yu Suzuki!!!!

    22. Andrew Hsieh on October 30, 2015

      This looks fantaaaabulous. This would be what a consider a AAA kind of game, so to see this much going on in three months of work is fantastic. Can't wait for the next update.

    23. Adam on October 30, 2015

      This makes me happy. Ryo looks so much better already. The graphics look real nice too!

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      Crístian Trócoli on October 30, 2015

      Thank you, team YS net. The game will be wonderful

    25. Alexander Moore on October 30, 2015

      Excellent news. Thank you for sharing this update. It's so exciting to see all this unfold. Oh, how I wish I could be in the studio, for all this, myself �

    26. David Brown on October 30, 2015

      Great work so far team! Ryo Hazuki looks MUCH better! A promising start!

    27. Terry on October 30, 2015

      WE LOVE YU!!!

    28. Francesco Maria De Deco on October 30, 2015

      Great,keep up the good work!

    29. WPack911 on October 30, 2015

      It looks so good! I mean for being this earlier I am kind of blown away you are even to this early testing phase on a game as complex as this. The final product will only look better from here and that is mind blowing considering how good this looks already! Great job Yu and team, so proud to have supported this game! :D

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      shu shen on October 30, 2015

      i want to see what Niao Sun look like in shenmue 3

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      jonathan williams on October 30, 2015

      thanks for the update, looks great.

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      Larvagator ($29-50towards10million) on October 30, 2015

      Nice, it looks great! Still no update about voice actors though?

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      Angel DvA on October 30, 2015

      That looks really great.

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      Stefan on October 30, 2015

      Can we see some photos of the studio and the team? I would love to see that :)

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      Manuel Sanchez Romero "Manwe" on October 30, 2015

      Que pintaza tienes estas capturas.Mejor de lo esperado por ahora :D.

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      Jacob on October 30, 2015

      Cool!!!

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      Hugh Warmisham on October 30, 2015

      So excited. Keep the news updates coming. Can't wait for the next one. Must get playing Shenmue 2 again in preparation!

    38. Stan on October 30, 2015

      Thanks for the update!
      It's good to know that you guys are making great progress, and I can't wait until the surveys are ready. :)

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      Edward on October 30, 2015

      Awesome,keep up the good work!

    40. Josh on October 30, 2015

      @Jason - Huh? The game is clearly not gunna have the face from the DC era ... Its a more realistic version of Ryo ... I think its looking pretty good for an early model...

    41. DamnCatOnMyDesk
      Superbacker
      on October 30, 2015

      Hooray! We're at the white box testing phase! XD

    42. Riccardo Trillocco on October 30, 2015

      You made my day, keep up with the good work!!!

    43. Jason Leisure on October 30, 2015

      Love it but fix ryo's face, looks completely off, give it to kid nocon to work on ;)

    44. Norman Granet on October 30, 2015

      This is great so far... please don't overload yourselves and take time, have fun with your coworkers sometimes, because a cohesive team makes the best games :)

    45. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on October 30, 2015

      It's real! It's actually real! O_O

      Thank-you for this wonderful update and keep up the great work! :)