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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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First Anniversary


Hello Everyone,

We are at the one year anniversary from the day you all stood up and made Shenmue III a reality. So to mark the occasion, Yu-san wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the project thus far.

Thank you all for wonderful first year!

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Survey Outlook

We have been receiving a lot questions about surveys lately, so here is where we stand now.

Surveys have NOT been sent. A date for the surveys has not been decided, and is still a ways off.

Because this is such an important part of the backer process, an official announcement will made on the Kickstarter Update page and in the news section on The announcement will also be posted on Twitter at @Shenmue_3, so be sure to follow us!

On the survey, you will confirm all of your reward details (platform choice, T-shirt size, etc.) and shipping information. Please look ahead to coming updates for more information!

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    1. lee kyung soo / a.k.a Leego SEGA on August 4, 2016

      그 날을 기다리고 있습니다.
      꼭 다시한번 쉔무의 감동을 느껴보고 싶어요^^
      noconkid님도 화이팅하시고 대박나시길 바랍니다.

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      Greglen on July 29, 2016

      i wish i could upgrade my backing(For more cool stuff)... i'd try to rank up a lvl or so every month lol ... Funny, this is the only kickstarter i care about. i love Castlevania but Shenmue/Final Fantasy for life.

    3. Rodolfo Silva on July 26, 2016

      come on YS net!! we want more news on the development!!!!

    4. Robert Aronovici on July 11, 2016

      Where can I find some sailors?

    5. Bule on July 8, 2016

      Hi Eugene!

      No worries, if any project was every worthy of re-backing, it's this one.


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      Eugene Lopez on July 7, 2016

      Thanks for all your help with my question from last week. Looks like I'll be backing the project again. :)

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      Takahisa Ueda on July 5, 2016


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      Tainted GENE on July 3, 2016

      @Darin Herrick

      Well said

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      Tainted GENE on July 3, 2016

      Yu Suzuki.... I REALLY love this man. Thanks for everything

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      Matt on July 3, 2016

      He seems like such a nice man! I'm sure the game will be what we've all been waiting for :)

    11. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on July 3, 2016

      Happy anniversary! :)

      That this is happening remains one of my greatest joys in a lifetime of gaming.

      Thank-you Ys Net, Yu, and everyone involved, and all fellow backers.

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      Darin Herrick on July 3, 2016

      I believe in you Mr. Suzuki! I know you won't let us down!

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      Darin Herrick on July 3, 2016

      It's become quite fashionable lately for wannabe gaming journalists to crow about how Kickstarters will never get completed and people will never get their game, or the game will never live up to their expectations, but as a person who loves games, and the greatest of game creators (and let's not kid ourselves, Yu Suzuki is on the same level as Will Wright, and Shigeru Miyamoto), there's a rule of passion that I deeply believe in: Give a company your money and they'll spend it however they see fit. Give an artist your money and they'll TRY to make a work of art.

      Even if this project never completes, or doesn't live up to everyone's expectations, this is a world-class LEGEND of game creation who's pouring his heart and soul into a passion project.

      Have faith or get out, I says. I believe in this guy. He's the dang creator of Virtua Fighter and the man who made AM2 legendary for crying out loud. If that's not enough for you I have no idea what is.

    14. slot9 on July 2, 2016

      Sweet video! Good to see you again Yu!

    15. Ari Tomi Stenberg on July 2, 2016

      I haved heard some supporters afraid yu suzuki just making this up but it never finish. I can pretty 100 sure say he wont homma be like that. He was done shenmue 1 and 2 already under sega why no shenmue 3 now after 15 years and without sega? I cant explain it but he doing what promised and that that. We just se it on ens of 2017.

    16. Brandon A. C. Kilgore on July 1, 2016

      That's a weight off my shoulders, I was starting to wonder if was like the last question about should slacker backers get rewards like us. Then they decided to not give them the rewards anyway.

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      Luis Herrera Gárnica on July 1, 2016

      Maestro, tu buen trabajo ha hecho que todo siga adelante, gracias a ti y a tu dedicación esta saga puede continuar. ありがとう

    18. Florian Coco on July 1, 2016

      Take your time, and keep on working as good as you know doing it !

    19. Aaron Barstow on July 1, 2016

      Thank you Yu san and team for working so hard on the game! I love the ending of the video where Yu looks off and starts laughing.The update came on my birthday, so it was a nice birthday present!

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      speedery on July 1, 2016

      Thanks for update

    21. Richard Ferguson on July 1, 2016

      Really can't wait for this its going to be amazing. Keep up the good work guys !

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      Florence Gordon on July 1, 2016

      It looks so beautiful!

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      Rasmus Juhl Kallesøe on July 1, 2016

      Thanks for the update. This is all very exciting :)
      Thank you for all your hard work.

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      Sulaiman AL-BaKr on July 1, 2016

      I put my trust in you Ys, waiting for Shenmue 3

    25. Rhett Connelly on June 30, 2016

      YS Net always reminds me of that cheat code in Little Fighter 2: ""
      Doo, doo, doo~

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      Trojan X on June 30, 2016

      Thank you, Suzuki san. If there is anything I can do to help from a video production perspective, let me know.

      Sataima, Japan - resident.

    27. Micah Gunnell on June 30, 2016

      Thank you for the update! It looks so beautiful!!

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      AM2Model3 on June 30, 2016

      Thank you yu suzuki and team! My heart waits for shenmue3!!

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      Henrique on June 30, 2016

      Last year's announcement war really a great moment. I wonder how it will be to play Shenmue again and to continue its story.

      Greetings from Brazil.

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      Reza on June 30, 2016

      Cant wait, I loved the previous games and i'm sure this will be great.

    32. Ellen Martins on June 30, 2016

      Amazing game!
      Keep up the great work, Suzuki-san! You are my hero :)

    33. Leonel Soares on June 30, 2016

      Can't wait to play the game :)

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      SHA KANOU on June 30, 2016


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      Andre Kazmaier on June 30, 2016

      Happy anniversary everyone! Suzuki-san, please take all the time in the world to finish this game! :)

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      Timothy Hodges on June 30, 2016

      Keeping you guys in my heart.. keep up the good work Yu-san!

    37. Rodriguez Matthew on June 30, 2016

      Keep up the excellent work Yu-san and crew! We all look forward to Shenmue III. :')

    38. Shenmue is back! on June 30, 2016

      Take your time, guys. Time flys

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      Thailyone Bien Lor on June 30, 2016

      It's been a year already, crazy how time flies. I look forward to seeing the final product.

    40. Vamphunter-D on June 30, 2016

      I love you guys!!!

    41. JoyousCoconut on June 30, 2016

      Great job guys! I know some people won't understand how much time (good) game development takes but I know this progress is looking good and am very excited for the next few years :)

    42. Mel Saint Marceaux on June 30, 2016

      Time flies, keep up the good work. Ganbatte kudasai!

    43. Fai Chow
      on June 30, 2016

      I really hope this doesn't turn out to be another Keiji Inafune Mighty No.9 or Project Phoenix scam/disaster :(

      Pledged over $400 total for those 2 games and it's almost 3 years since both projects was funded and still no game from either of them. Keiji Inafune can go suck a donkey penis, I will NEVER again buy any games from this f*cking con man.

      Please don't let me down Yu-san.

    44. Brian on June 30, 2016

      It has been a year I was hoping the update was going to be better than that

    45. Brian on June 30, 2016

      It has been a year I was hoping the update was going to be better than that

    46. Gabriel Guevara on June 30, 2016

      I'm excited. I am playing part 1 and 2 again to get refreshed. Please don't let it turn into a "Mighty No. 9" project.

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      Frederick jones on June 30, 2016

      Keep up the good work yu suzuki!

    48. Rhiannon
      on June 30, 2016

      The progress is great! Keep it up!