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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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New Partner!! & gamescom 2017 Update #3

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)


Hello Everyone, 

We have a major announcement today concerning our new publishing partner, and follow up details for gamescom


Deep Silver Partnership Signed

The Shenmue III project has signed a global publishing contract with Deep Silver, the game division of the German company, Koch Media. Game fans may already be familiar with Deep Silver, as they are a trusted brand who has helped many Japanese game titles find their audiences around the world.

We are proud to have gained a wonderfully reliable partner to make sure Shenmue III reaches all its fans all over the planet.

Please see the press statement here.
(To be released at 4pm August 17th JST)
Deep Silver
Ys Net

Meet & Greet at the entertainment area

Details have been confirmed for the Meet & Greet announced previously for the general admission entertainment area.
Yu Suzuki will be on hand for special Meet & Greet. Please stop on by! 

Dates & times
Wednesday, August 23rd - 6:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 24th - 12:30 pm ~ 1:30 pm

gamescom 2017 public area Hall 9.1 Booth B011/C010

*Please note that event times may begin slightly earlier or later depending on transit time.
*For information regarding gamescom 2017, please see their website.


With Deep Silver's support, the dev team is more excited and energetic than ever. We will channel that energy and continue our push forward!

Thank you all again for your terrific support!

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    1. Wayne Beckley on

      The new trailer did not give me much confidence at all. The character models still look terrible, nothing like the originals and very plastic. The animations need a ton of work and have me very worried as a proper animation is essential to a fun combat system. I really hope you turn this around as right now it's looking like another kickstarter disaster.

    2. Prity on

      Disclamer for those who dont know: problem is guys... The facial is mostly from an mid shot or even close up (camera shot) so you see more detail than background, also the facial polygon work and detail is lots of more work than others. Please keep in mind. Thank you ///

      "Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model."
      -- Vincent van Gogh

    3. Husson Eagle on

      Has anyone seen the Shenmue 3 teaser? I think the environment looks great and the colors look vibrant. The character models look a little stiff though. Mostly, I think Ryu's head isn't propionate to his body. What do you guys think?

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      TiamatNM on

      Now that you mention it yeah that logo from the June update is way better.

    5. Luis Bonilla on

      Please use the logo you said you would use in the June 2017 update. I don't know why it was changed again in August for the Deep Silver publishing announcement. I hope this was not their doing.

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      Timm Schäffer on

      First the game gets delayed, now they need a publisher/ money. This doesnt sound good at all.

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      David Lindsay on

      There's plenty to like about Deep Silver, sure, but I'm confused and a bit disappointed by this direction. I would prefer that kickstarted projects remain independent. After a successful kickstart like this there should be no problems in getting traditional funding to support the rest of development, and a sizeable indie launch.

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      John Veley on

      Wish I could be there for the meet and greet =(

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      Ian Gallacher on

      When I saw an article saying the game had a publisher, I immediately hoped it was Sega (for old times sake) But they've probably lost enough money on Shenmue already ahah.

      I'm sure Deep Silver (and of course YS Net) will do a good job, and I Can't wait to play Shenmue 3 :D

    10. Adam Clark on

      Good news about Deep Silver as they have published Persona 5, I think a Yakuza game? and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and they have turned out to be a success! Hopefully this will be the same with Shenmue III.

      I like the new models of Ryo and Shenhua, they look good but I feel Shenhua looks a bit lifeless? and I think Ryo just needs just a tad more darker jacket and more colour in his skin but other then that they look good! If Ryo looked that one that Modi posted I would be happy with that. That is Ryo to me. It was all to be expected to be honest.

      I feel they will look different in video anyway and those environments look beautiful! Stunning visuals there. I seriously can't wait for Shenmue 3 and so looking forward to gamescom next week!

    11. ShenmueFan on

      I don't know how much involvement they will have but i have been let down by deep sliver when they brought out a broken unfinished mess know as homefront the revolution. Also they were involved in mighty number 9. Just hope they're more persona 5 involved than homefront the revolution involved.

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      TiamatNM on

      The character models look really bad. Please fix their faces. This is really important. You should be trying to make them look similar to how they were in the original games. They look terrible right now.

    13. Ed D. on

      Isn't deep silver the same group involved in mocking and making fun of anime fans? They have a spotty track record at best. Why isn't sega publishing this?

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      BSL on

      I'm torn about this news, happy that more people get to get a copy, but don't want to be treated like 2nd class citizens (like I was for Yooka-Laylee and MN9 getting my physical copy weeks/months later than retail) considering I like everyone else helped pay for development.

      I know other devs are making sure backers are getting treated well and I expect at least that much from YsNet and Deep Silver. Let's hope you don't forget the fans who made this happen.

    15. Lee Donagh on

      Love me some Shenmue news! In good company with Persona 5 & Yakuza.

    16. Aaron Healy on

      Awesome news! Can't wait till Gamescom! Only the thing I could say is that Shenhua's character model looks a little off, but Ryo and environmental shots look amazing. Keep up the great work, Yu and team.

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      Mikedie1 on

      To all the Deep Silver haters.. 2 words: Persona5 & Yakuza

    18. Spindash54 on

      Not happy about Deep Silver at all. They don't know their audience. Look what happened with Mighty No. 9. Don't embarrass us...

    19. Husson Eagle on

      Deep Silver has a pretty good track record. Let's just hope Yu Suzuki is on track to making Shenmue 3 a masterpiece. The images on Ryu and Shenhua need some work. They dont look as good as the original.

    20. Davis Bailey on

      Deep Silver really doesn't have the best track record with fans, I do hope the deal doesn't give them too much power. Still it was eventual that you'd need a publisher.

    21. Pass_the_M on

      Guys, DeepSilver is just helping with publishing. They published Persona 5 in Europe (still not sure why Sega didn't do that themselves) and it turned out fine. They aren't developing anything. Also Sony was not involved in anything accept the initial announcement and providing normal 3rd party support.

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      shu shen on

      So , Sony left ? If so ! not good !

    23. Vyse Legendaire on

      I don't know what to think. I hope this doesn't mean the game will become abandonware. In other news the logo in the press release looks wildly different from before, what happened

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      Alexander Carmine on

      The scenery looks beautiful, fantastic job! The Ryo and Shenhua character models are looking great but need a little more work. The likeness isn't quite there yet and that's the first thing everyone notices. Great job though guys! I'm getting more and more excited with every update!

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      Hazuki00 on

      I'm impressed by the environments! What a beautiful scenery! Ryo looks way better than the E3 2015 model but he needs some tweaks. Shenhua doesn't look like Shenhua at all.

      Looking fordward to see some trailers at Gamescom!

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      Robert Beard on

      Great news, Deep Silver are a fine publisher.. look at Persona 5! They sent my concern, however the odd "Yakuza Style" font for the logo is a concern as we had been assured that the original Logo was to be used & the character models still look a little off. Use the FMV models shown in Shenmue 1 Passport as a reference point & then they'll look correct.

    28. James Bailey on

      I'm excited! Need to go back and play 1&2 again, so pumped!!!


      Deep Silver has a questionable track record, but let's hope for the best.

      Regarding the new plastic Ryo and Shenhua models, please correct them closer to the original CG models.

      Also, revert to the original Shenmue logo.

      The environments are looking better, though.

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      Paulo Diz on

      Great News!!! The Dead Island Guys!!! (oh...and Persona). Glad to see EA and Ubisoft away from this project!!!!!

    31. Vito "Vitoner" Lanci on

      About the press release image of Ryo and Shenhua- I don't think the models are all that bad (could be better, Shenhua looks a bit too old), I think the crappy lighting and photoshop work make them look much worse than they actually are. With all the hype surrounding this game, you really shouldn't rush this promo material, take your time and make it good.
      A LOT of the fanbase is freaking out. Please release some actual in-game screenshots to calm their tits asap before they turn on you.

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      Chafik on

      Please fix the Ryo and Shenhua faces.....

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      Andreas O. on

      Oh yeah - I know someone who worked at Deep Silver. He moved on to bigger and much, much better things. Which you should have done as well.

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      Andreas O. on

      I smell another Mighty No. 9 coming up...

      Seriously though.
      Deep f*ing Silver?!?! What the...
      Do you have ANY knowledge of the game industry?! How on earth could you partner with a company with a proven track record of producing garbage?! Good luck trying to get support for something high quality out of those greedy Koch people.
      I have barely been paying attention to this project ever since I realized how slowly it progresses but now I'm unsubscribing. I don't want to hear about this again until I see the predictable 4/10 reviews everywhere.

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      VkBest on

      The worst news ever for this game.

    36. Tristan on

      Deep Silver makes me wanna cry like an anime fan on prom night.

    37. mabec on

      Because Deep Silver have such a good track record from the past........

    38. Ben B on

      Deep Silver?

      Crap, we are getting Inafune'd aren't we?


      SUPER NEWS !!

      The Whole Wide WORLD can now experience SHENMUE III

      The Story Goes GLOBAL !!!

    40. Homer on

      Deep Silver brought us many japanese games, one of the greatest among them the epic Persona 5 -- they did a good job with Persona, they'll do a good job with Shen Mue!

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      FranL2P on

      Great news!! Keep working and make the game we're waiting for :).

    42. lee martin on

      Sweat as my meat!!

    43. SilverbackSi on

      Not sure how I feel about this, but I have faith in Yu Suzuki to bring the game out the way he intended since this was his dream project.

    44. Benji Copeman on

      Deep Silver published Persona 5, which is one of the best games I ever played, so that is great news!

    45. Andreas on

      Deep Silver releases most of their titles on GOG. So please support the DRM free version on the community wishlist

    46. varsas on

      Ah it's for the PS4 version too.

    47. varsas on

      Good news for PC owners.

    48. daniele benigno on

      wow deep silver great =))

      gamescom im coming

      bin da ich rreue mich bitte sei da .