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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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Keiji Okayasu Returns for Shenmue III

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)

Hello Everyone,

Taking a look at end credits of Shenmue you may noticed this man’s name—Keiji Okayasu. He was the Game Director for Shenmue I, then played a big role through most of Shenmue II, and has now joined the production team for Shenmue III. We are very happy to have back this Shenmue veteran who helped deliver the goods the first time around, and look forward to him doing it again.

So, this month we would like to give an interview with Keiji to get to know a little bit more about him, and see what he hopes to accomplish as a director for Shenmue III.

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We will see you all next month, and as always, if you have any questions or comments, please send us message!


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    1. Aaron Barstow on

      This is great news, I'm glad you're back, Okayasu san!

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      Alex Hine on

      I have greater faith that more of what made Shenmue will be incorporated in the feel and not just a nostalgia likeness.

    3. Andrew Mai on

      Absolutely love these update videos! Still can't believe this game is in production. I have to pinch myself every time I hear about it :)

    4. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on

      Welcome back to this beloved series! The more people who were involved in the original(s,) the better as far as I'm concerned! :) Thank-you for the update and keep up the great work!

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      Shawn G. on

      Welcome back! Thank you for your dedication and love for the series! The game is shaping up to be better all of the time! Thank you ysnet!

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      AM2Model3 on

      Very excited for shenmue 3!! Thank you for joining the project keiji okayasu! Arigatougozaimashita!!!!

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      Joshua Schoemmell on

      Fantastic! Keep up the great work! Suzuki-san, we are all so happy you're back and making Shenmue again. We can't wait for the game! Keep up the great work, we're counting on you!

    8. Jacob Woods on

      Thank you Keiji ! I look very foreward to Shenmue 3 , are you interested in a Shenmue hd collection? If it gets allowed ? :) much thanks !

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      Gaston Jaunet on

      Thank you so much Okayasu san for your help for this amazing game !

    10. Eythan Hensley on

      Even if this still looked like it was a Dreamcast game, but just continued the story, I would buy it three times over regardless.

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      John Gordon on

      Shenmue Jazz, nice!

    12. KazeNoBlast on

      Thanks for the news.
      So, when will we heard some news about the possibility to play with japanese dub in Western countries? I'm getting pretty affraid about this point!

    13. Mixus Galicia on

      I think shenmue is a game that made ​​changes in video games. Have you seen Naughty Dog games ? Uncharted 4 is a clone shenmue

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      Carl Bown on

      I guess you could call this amazeballs deluxe!!!

    15. R. Cruz on

      "Keep your expecations high." I'm just glad we have another entry in the making. But this, I really hope they can pull off what they envision.

    16. Jesus on

      Awesome!! I'm happy to know that the masterminds behind the first two games are behind the third one. I do not know how to game itself will do, I just know that I'll love it and treasure the opportunity to continue this amazing story.

    17. Chad on

      Oh, and up the graphics. it'll be cool if it can look like Yakuza 6.

    18. Chad on

      keep up the hard work, it'll pay off in the end.

    19. Adam Clark on

      Very good news. It's really good to hear that the old cast of Shenmue are back for Shenmue 3. So can't wait for the game.

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      Greglen on

      Too awesome.... and thank you for the hard work >(^.^)<

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      Fayez Ahmed Al Amoudi on

      This a great news really!

    22. シェンムーのアンバサダ on

      Finally! Welcome back Mr. Keiji Okayasu san, fans would keep their exceptions alive. Together we can. #Shenmue3 Thank you~

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      Adam Gallagher on

      Awesome, keep up the good work!

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      Max Ingram on

      Very exciting news. Glad to hear about this.

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      Juliano Mernak on

      I was impressed to discover that this guy has been working with Shenmue all the way back, when it was still Virtua Fighter RPG for the Saturn.

      This is another of those things that indicate Shenume 3 is being made with all the possible care and consideration for long time fans.

    26. Leonel Soares on

      Always great news having the people involved in the first games back to help the production of Shenmue III


      Just from seeing footage of Shenhua and her pace of breath, you can tell this is going to be the best Shenmue yet. A MASTERPIECE IN THE MAKING! Can't wait to test the beta!

    28. Spencer on

      Welcome back~! Your return, your passion, and hard work are greatly appreciated. Thank you for coming back to make history and a new memory in our hearts.

    29. Christoph Zürcher on

      Very nice to see another veteran return to the project.

    30. Vyse Legendaire on

      More reassuring news. Keep up the hard work!

    31. Mel Saint Marceaux on

      The feeling of place and atmosphere is what makes Shenmue so I was glad to hear him talk about that :)

    32. Norman G. on

      Welcome back, Keiji Okayasu !!

    33. Game-O-Gami on

      This is great news. :)

    34. Bule on

      Seems like a nice guy and talks a good game too :)

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      stefan Frederick on

      Please stay true to shenmue please not a gta clone

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      Nears on

      @Jonathan Barnes its just xbox controller for pc ...

    37. Jonathan Barnes on

      Noticed he was using an Xbox controller during the testing. Am I reading too much into this or could it be a sign that they're planning to release an Xbox version too?

    38. Dmitriy Klyuev on

      Good news, now Yu Suzuki will have more time.

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      Manuel Sanchez Romero "Manwe" on

      Esto pinta cada vez mejor!,con tanto talento en el equipo seguro que sale algo bueno :D.

    40. Jonatan on

      I love Shenmue!

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      ANDREW THEO on

      Is Shenmue 3 going to have a native Neo mode option for the new upgraded PS4 hardware when released?

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      Jason McNamara on

      Can you please put the subtitles somewhere other than under the spot where the tracking bar for the video goes. What a stupid video player. It makes viewing each of these videos pretty difficult

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      Weils on

      "It's good to be back."

      Welcome back, Okayasu-san! It must feel great to be back on the team, to get a second chance to finally see through the rest of the series!

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      Joel on

      Could you add some simple dev progress estimates/project status/roadmap for the development on the webpage? I.e. rough percentage estimates (up to completion) on e.g. story/dialogue/world building/assets/character designs/sound/overall dev/localization etc.

      Could be inspired by e.g. this:

    46. Lee Donagh on

      Gimme Gimme Gimme!