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Shenmue Documentary Film, Shenmue I & II, Other Info

Posted by Ys Net (Creator)


Hello Backers,

In this update we have some Shenmue related news we would like to bring to your attention.     

Shenmue Documentary Film Project

As you may know, a documentary on Shenmue is currently live on Kickstarter entitled, “A Gamer's Journey: The Definitive History of Shenmue”.

Headed by Shenmue fan Adam Sipione, the documentary mixes interviews from those on the production side and the fan side, exploring the history of the Shenmue series and the influence it has made on the game community. 

With support from the fans, the project has already reached its initial goal, but the stretch goals are within reach, so please take a look! 

*”A Gamer's Journey” is not affiliated with YSNET or Shenmue III, and we will not comment on questions concerning the documentary. Thank you for your understanding. 



Inquiries Concerning Shenmue I & II 

We have been receiving many inquiries about Sega’s announcement* for the August 21st release of Shenmue I & II. 

*Release date in Japan has been announced for November 22nd. 

Shenmue I & II are not directly involved with either YSNET or Shenmue III, so we unfortunately cannot comment publicly on them. We kindly ask you to direct any inquiries about Shenmue I & II to the customer support links below. (Please be aware that customer support desks vary depending on where you live.)     


Customer support for Europe and America

Customer support for Japan

Customer support for Asia (digital version only)

*For customer support concerning the physical version in Asia, please see the information located on the package.



gamescom 2018

We have a quick announcement about gamescom 2018 taking place in Cologne, Germany towards the end of this month.

For this year’s event, Yu Suzuki will not be in attendance. However, when we have some new information about future appearances we will update you.

*For more information on gamescom 2018, please visit the gamescom site.


Thank you as always for your support!



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Shenmue III Backer Survey

Backer surveys are now underway. For information on your survey, please see the email sent to you by Fangamer. Shenmue III can only be completed with your responses! Thank you for your cooperation!!


Please complete or make any necessary changes to your survey by these dates.

・August 31 (FRI) 2018: Last day of Slacker Backer campaign, reward upgrades and add-ons

・September 30 (SUN) 2018: Surveys close


For further information, please visit:

Survey Support and Survey Resender


Choosing the PS4 or PC platform

We have a few notes to consider when choosing your platform. Also, if there would be any major changes in the requirements for either the PC or PS4 versions, the platform selection question of the survey is scheduled to remain open.


Choosing your PS4 region

Your PS4 region will be decided with your "Country" selection. Please note, if the disc region differs from PS4 system region, the unit itself, PlayStation™Network online services or DLC may not function properly.


System Requirements for PC Version


OS: Windows 7x64, Windows 8x64, Windows 10x64 (64-bit OS Required)  

Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (3.40 GHz) or better; Quad-core or better  

Memory: 4 GB RAM  

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better (DirectX 11 card & VRAM 2GB Required)  

DirectX: Version 11  

Network: Broadband internet connection  

Storage: 100 GB available space  

Sound card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card  

Additional Info: Requires Steam Client to activate.

*Game is currently in development so system requirements may change without notice. We thank you for your understanding.


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    1. Missing avatar

      Michele on

      They have to solve the issue about the PS4 region. There's no good reason not to allow backers to choose the region they want the game on.

      And for the PC version, a promise to not include additional drm would be appreciated.

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      Jeffrey Reitz on

      An update to tell us that there isn't really an update... "no comment"


      Good going! Keep friends close! The film documentary of Shenmue III is now official.

      We support you and look forward to welcoming all new fans from Shenmue I & II.

      The story goes on...

    4. John Paul on

      Just one more update - to anyone else who will be commenting.

      Asking for gameplay footage is not a sign of entitlement, but intelligence. Since 2015, we have had maybe 2-3 videos that have included reused footage as well as the one with the little girl. Simple mechanics of gameplay - not cutscenes, not videos in engine, but gameplay are a necessity at this point.

      Truth - we have no idea how much has been done because we haven't seen anything in gameplay.

      Take the time that you need but your communication has to be better - especially when it comes to communicating anything about the gameplay and progress of this game.

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      - on

      Good to see the documentary getting more exposure.

      Fine with a probable Gamescom no-show. If we think back to last year there were the same blustering entitled backers saying YS NET absolutely HAD to show footage at X show for Y reasons, which resulted in the well intentioned but ultimately backfiring showing at Gamescom 2017. They've probably got plenty to show, but they'll do it when THEY'RE ready and not because huffy backers say so.

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      Joshua Camara on

      No offense but this is a waste of a post. n the majority of these "fans" i'm telling you right now they aren't sh*t if they are asking such stupid questions to the point where you need a post explaining it all. from day one if you were a backer that's something you should have KNOWN, that shenmue 3 isn't apart of sega and shenmue 1 and 2 would eventually be rleased BY SEGA before shenmue 3, it's not a shock in any fucken way, it was expected and as i'm saying something you should have KNOWN from day one, because it was mentioned that sega gave temporary rights to yu to make this game possible. so to waste a post on it, that's a shame, n if it's because "fans" are stupid enough to actually be leaving it on comment sections of THIS, again speaks VOLUMES on the TRUE fans actually supporting this game. because that's sad. the documentary thing, same thing, it has nothing to do with this, why waste a post on it, with that said, i can at least UNDERSTAND that one, because it wasn't something mentioned and aye just showing more support to a shenmue 3 based thing. just these posts should actually be to update US and on the shenmue 3 itself, if there ARE stupid people part of this group asking about shenmue 1 & 2 then dude you're stupid cancel your backer already, you're not a fan. like right off the bat, because you're wasting OUR time by making these guys have to make POINTLESS posts like this because you're asking such stupid questions. this is for SHENMUE 3!!!!!!!!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!! so now let's get down to what i've been asking about the last 2 posts (because i made comments, so guessing you guys don't read them all, because what i was waiting for was some respose/follow up to MY QUESTION about THE GAME, NOT pointless stuff about things that don't apply to this game that "I" shoould already be 100% aware of as a backer [which i am aware of them]) but what's up with the REGION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please give us the option to pick our region! my entire collection of shenmue is jpn versions, i currently live in usa for school but i don't want a NA version the fact that we have to be "forced" to just take the region our country we live in is based in, is unfair, i'm paying money and if this game were coming out normally (not via kickstarter) i'd be getting the jpn version. my ps4 is jpn. i have a jpn psn account (so no issues with dlc etc) and all my games are jpn aside from sports games. ps4 has NO REGION LOCKS! so for you to force the region down on us, is just unfair, as i said i do imports for a living i'm aware how they work, you want more money because it's an import? that's not a problem, the problem is YOU GIVE US NO OPTION! so why even put this on your post "Choosing your PS4 region" why even word it like that. we don't get to "choose/pick" anything you're forcing it on us. it's messed up and it needs to change by end of surveys PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!! i will pay more, that's not an issue, just please give us the option to at least pick our region. now my shenmue collection will be jpn and i'll have a kickstarter backer version but na version? like that's stupid. n all because i just simply CAN'T select the region i want. i went out of my way to get shenmue 2 back in the days FOR THE DREAMCAST! a lot of dedication for this game and a lot of love for it from the fans you guys KNOW this stuff. to force us to just have the region we're based on living is just unfair. we're paying for it, we should have the RIGHT to select which version we want. please change this :( there THAT'S something SHENMUE 3 related, so i HOPE at some point we get SOME kind of info or hopefully a way to actually pick our region. thank you.

    7. John Paul on

      Sorry to double post, but I wanted to post this comment from the main comments to here as well:

      I appreciate the updates and the shout out to the documentary. However, we need to start seeing gameplay footage at this point. Is it confirmed that Shenmue 3 will be at Gamescom but only Yu will not be there? You extended the slacker backer campaign again and we get little clips of supposed in game photos and that little trailer showing the little girl. - that's it.

      When are we going to start seeing some actual gameplay footage with someone holding a controller and playing? I believe at this point we need to know. If the game was just Ryo walking 20 feet and then going back into the Cave to fall asleep I would say it was money well spent!

      Shenmue 1 & 2 (which you have no affiliation with) is coming up in a few weeks with the Japanese in November and the hype and questions will only continue. Do you have any info on when anything - an alpha, a demo, even a demonstration will be taking place?

      I am sure everyone will wait so that Yu and his team can make the best with the resources that they have. (I wish you had infinite resources but you do the best you can with what you have). However, we need to see something at this point.

      With the surveys being done, you would think that the game was almost done, but we have seen nothing.

      Best blessings to you! This is not spiteful in anyway. I just believe that we need to know something.

    8. John Paul on

      It was great to give a Shout Out to the documentary. However, we need to see game footage. I hope that the Gamescom announcment does not mean that Shenmue 3 will also not be there. We need to start seeing something. It is the best way to communicate.

    9. Andreas on

      If Yu Suzuki is not at Gamescom does that mean that Deep Silver will not show Shenmue III at Gamescom. It is a german/austrian company so it would not make sense not to show it if it releases in a couple of months.

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      Jon Albert Dizon on

      Hi! Regarding the PS4 region selection, what if my address is in Asia but my PSN account is registered in the US region?

      I already asked Fangamer about this and they told me that you will open a region selection later. When do we expect this to happen? Thank you and more power.

    11. Adam Clark on

      Ok maybe you didn't say Shenmue 3 won't be at gamescom in so many words but what's going on? Is it going to be at gamescom? Why wouldn't it be?

    12. Adam Clark on

      Shenmue 3 won't be at gamescom? You bloody serious?

    13. Benji Copeman on

      I disagree. First of all, it's great to see official confirmation of Shenmue I and II from YSNet. Secondly, advertising the documentary Kickstarter is a fantastic idea as it reaches out to thousands of backers that otherwise may have not heard of it.

      And while it's sad that Yu-san isn't going to be at Gamescom, I have full faith he is making the best game he can!

    14. Ari Tomi Stenberg on

      Why they keep doing updates while they have nothing to update?

    15. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on

      Really awesome of YsNet to shout out the documentary! Looking forward it as well as Shenmue 3. Glad to see you mention Shenmue 1 & 2 as well. While you can't publicly comment on it, as you said, even mentioning it will help it out. :)

      @Jon God There are no plans at this time for saves to carry over from 1 & 2 to 3. It's likely it won't happen, as they are developed by different teams and published by different companies.

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      Jon God on

      I have an interesting question. Will Shenmue 3 read anything off of a save from Shenmue 1&2 HD?

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      Shane Gleeson on

      Another empty update