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Shenmue III

Have a few more Shenmue III screenshots


Whatcha thinkin' about, Ryo?
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
Some early images of Shenmue III were shown at a Monaco Anime Game International Conference (MAGIC) press event earlier today, and now here they are online, ready for inspection.
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Kickstarter

Two titles accounted for a quarter of all video game Kickstarter funds last year


Shenmue III and Bloodstained
Jan 14
// Brett Makedonski
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter had a fantastic year on the gaming front. Between video games and tabletop games, more than $144 million was pledged -- a figure that almost doubled what was pledged in 2014. Of that, some $4...
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Shenmue III

Shenmue III's website just got a makeover


Still a ways off
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Shenmue III might still be set for December 2017, but that hasn't stopped developer YS Net from updating us every month or so, and this time, it has modified the official website. The project seems to be rather slow-going, bu...
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Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3 makes surprise PlayStation Experience appearance


First gameplay??????????
Dec 05
// Steven Hansen
Photo and joke credit to the illustrious Dale North

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Shenmue III

Here's what Shenmue III looks like so far after three months


Battle and zone updates
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
Shenmue III is chugging along, despite the many comments by the developers that they never got enough money to make the "true vision." Regardless, it seems like the project is going well so far, as they've provided a recent u...
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Shenmue

Sega is apparently looking into re-releasing the first two Shenmue games


Says Sega Europe's marketing director
Oct 27
// Chris Carter
Anyone who knows my gaming habits is aware that I adore the Shenmue series. The second game in particular came at a perfect point in my life, and it got me through some hard times But over the years it's become increasingly t...
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Shenmue 3

$6M isn't enough to make Shenmue 3 'gorgeous visually'


'I could do with a bit more money'
Oct 05
// Vikki Blake
$6.3 million isn't enough for Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki. Talking to Eurogamer, Suzuki said that while the game will be crafted in line with the funds available to it, the game "doesn't have to be gorgeous visually."
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Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3's 'Slacker Backer' doesn't currently offer the PC version


It will 'soon', but we don't know when
Sep 22
// Joe Parlock
Shenmue 3, buddy, listen to me. There are so many people excited for you. You managed to break crowdfunding records and everything. Because of that, you need to stop being so damn vague and confusing with how you take people&...
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Shenmue III

The Shenmue III reveal triggered a huge spike in Dreamcast sales


Interest in first two games increases
Aug 31
// Laura Kate Dale
Six months ago, if you wanted to buy a second hand copy of Shenmue or Shenmue II on eBay you could do so for in some cases as little as $15. The games seemingly kept low resale value online due to the second game ending on a ...
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Fan remake

Could Shenmue 3 end up looking something like this?


Fan remake: Original Shenmue in Unreal 4
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Korean modder Kid Nocon began his unofficial HD remake of the original Shenmue last year, before any of us knew that Shenmue 3 would burst onto the scene and become the most funded video game Kickstarter yet.  Nocon's o...
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Most funded video game in site's history
The crowdfunding campaign for Shenmue 3 has drawn to a close, raising a total of $6,333,295. That sum makes the project the most funded video game campaign in the history of Kickstarter, beating out the previous record holder...

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Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3 just surpassed the all-time video game Kickstarter record


Both voice actors confirmed
Jul 17
// Chris Carter
In case you hadn't heard, Corey Marshall, the English voice actor for Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki, is returning to voice the character in Shenmue 3. As of this week, Masaya Matsukaze has been confirmed as well, meaning both the orig...

Mistakes were made with the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter

Jul 16 // Chris Carter
Lack of transparency When Shenmue 3 was announced during E3, the whole world (myself included) went crazy. Series creator Yu Suzuki was teasing it a day before, but no one really could have expected it given how long the series had been on hiatus. Then the questions starting coming, and things got a little more complicated. It came out the day after the announcement that even though the team was asking for money on Kickstarter, Sony would be funding the game. I kind of feel bad for Suzuki as he had to apologize for "misleading" people, but the entire "Sony is funding some of it, but we're not actually going to tell you how much" business was a bit weird. That's definitely something that should have been explained at E3. If there's one thing we learned about backers over the years, it's that they want an idea of what they're contributing to, and where their money is going. With Shenmue 3, there are still some doubts though in terms of the latter point Yu Suzuki has confirmed that all of the campaign proceeds are going directly to the game, and not Sony. Stretch goal wackiness Yes, one of their stretch goals, one they haven't reached yet, is actually a "new Kickstarter [cash] record." I'm speechless. While the campaign runners did end up catching on to the concept of stretch goals, it took them days to scramble to come up with ideas. At first, the campaign only had a mere few mentions of what they'd do if they surpassed their funding amount. The days of "let's just see how much we get on Kickstarter and be surprised later!" are over. Campaigns need to think about the big picture and keep the train running with constant engagement and new goals and activities. IGA's Bloodstained campaign did this impressively, with multiple social media metagames and daily stretch goal updates. Maybe the Shenmue team can up their funding with a good post-Kickstarter PayPal campaign and reach that lofty $10 million mark. Of course, a lot of future Kickstarter success is going to be contingent on luck and timing. Having Sony announce Shenmue 3 during its E3 press conference did wonders for the campaign, yet Inafune is struggling to have lightning strike twice with Red Ash -- his unofficial Mega Man Legends project, announced at Anime Expo. The Shenmue 3 team has your money -- now we just wait for the finished product. As for myself, I backed it at the $29 level. Shenmue means a lot to me as a series, and it got me through some really tough times. If the campaign was handled a bit better and was more focused, I may have upped my pledge.
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But everyone loves Shenmue so it's okay
The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter has surpassed five million in funding with just under a day and a half to go, but creator Yu Suzuki has insisted that they need roughly $10 million to have a fully realized open world. It's shooting for the stars for sure, but a number of different choices could have been made to bump the campaign up significantly.

Shenmue 3 photo
Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3 closes in on five million in funding, check out a new trailer


'Developmental' footage, of course
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
While Yu Suzuki may need $10 million to see a "fully realized open world Shenmue 3," he notes that $5 million is good enough to accomplish most of what he set out to do. And it looks like that's what he'll get, as Shenm...
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Mega Man

Mega Man and Shenmue, together at last


I really hope Shenmue III is good
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
I'm a sucker for 8-bit productions like this Mega Man themed Shenmue tale from animator Peter Sjöstrand. It has everything you could want, from a Rush forklift section, to capsule toys, to the hellish "sl...
Shenmue 3 photo
Shenmue 3

Uncharted 4 concept artist creates Shenmue print


Buy a print before July 17 to support the Kickstarter appeal
Jul 09
// Vikki Blake
Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us concept artist, John Sweeney, has produced an exclusive print to support the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter.  There are eight large prints (24H x 47W) and 100 smaller prints (16H x 31...
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Shenmue 3 campaign

Shenmue 3 tops Torment to become second most funded Kickstarter


Please give my $5M for A la cartridge
Jul 06
// Steven Hansen
While I have my reservations about the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, which is still not even halfway towards a "true open world," folks have thrown money at it with aplomb. Over the weekend, perhaps spurred by a false sense of freed...
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Shenmue PS4

Shenmue 3 physical PS4 copies up for grabs on Kickstarter


If you can part with $60
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
I haven't been following Shenmue 3 too closely on Kickstarter, but my fingers are crossed for director Yu Suzuki. I hope the project turns out the way he envisions it and fans are satisfied (as if that's even possible). Today...
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Shenmue 3

Give $1,000 to Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, get personal message from Ryo


'Let's get sweaty'
Jul 02
// Vikki Blake
The voice actor who played Ryo in the English versions of Shenmue 1 and 2, Corey Marshall, has been confirmed for Shenmue 3. "We would all like to thank Corey-san for coming back," says an announcement on the Shenmue 3 K...
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Sup Holmes

Game devs talk Shenmue 3, F-Zero, the TG-16, Neo Geo and more


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Jun 28
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] What a wacky coincidence! ...
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Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3 needs $10 million for a true open world


What are we really getting at what cost?
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
Shenmue 3's existence is pretty neat. Its presence on a major publisher's stage show to hock a Kickstarter is less neat, to me. Obviously the $2 million goal (and $3.5 million raised at time of writing) would not be enough fo...
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Shenmue

About that Shenmue 3 budget...Sony is helping


Two million seems a bit low, eh?
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
A few hours after Shenmue 3 was revealed for the PC and PS4 at Sony's conference in Kickstarter form, and all of the tears of screams of joy were over and done with, a lot of people collectively realized -- two mill...
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Hoping for a Dreamcast stretch goal
One of the bombs dropped last night during Sony's press conference was that Shenmue 3 was coming, if the Kickstarter succeeded. It was a tough journey, but after a harrowing handful of hours, the project managed to ...

Shenmue 3 photo
Hell froze over 3 times tonight
It's already been a heck of a night for games that we never thought we'd see happen -- The Last Guardian, a Final Fantasy 7 remake, and now Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter. Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue, Outrun, and many ...

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Yu Suzuki

Is Yu Suzuki teasing something Shenmue related at E3?


Don't play games with my heart
Jun 14
// Chris Carter
As I've told people many times before, Shenmue II was a near-religious experience for me. I remember nearly every minute I spent with it at launch on the original Xbox, and it came at a perfect time in my life when I rea...
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Shenmue

This Shenmue fan HD project looks amazing


I want it
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
The main Shenmue theme still gets me all teary-eyed. After watching these videos of a fan-made HD remake, it happened again! Korean Shenmue fan Nokon Kid has crafted some of the original game in HD, and he's done a...
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Shenmue

Shenmue: from peach tree prototype to Virtua Fighter RPG to final release


Yu Suzuki details Shenmue's history
Mar 19
// Dale North
At Yu Suzuki's GDC postmortem of Shenmue, he fully detailed the classic Dreamcast game's development, from an early prototype to a Virtua Fighter RPG to its final beloved form. Many details, images, and concepts were shown for the first time ever, which was a total thrill for me as a huge fan of the game and Suzuki's other works. 
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'When will Shenmue 3 be released?'


From the GDC Shenmue postmortem Q&A
Mar 19
// Dale North
Yu Suzuki took the very first question after his GDC Shenmue postmortem just now, probably knowing exactly what would be asked. You can guess the question.  Suzuki replied, "Of course I want to make one if I have the rig...
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing

Sega teases Ryo Hazuki's return to racing


Check out the license plate
Dec 31
// Alessandro Fillari
With the end of the year approaching, Sega let loose a nice surprise for fans on their Twitter page. Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is chock full of references and fan service, and now we can expect the return of S...
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Yu Suzuki to deliver a Shenmue postmortem at GDC 2014


Mark Cerny to translate?!
Nov 26
// Dale North
Game creator and videogame legend Yu Suzuki will deliver a postmortem on Shenmue at GDC 2014. GDC says that he'll be talking for the very first time about this classic game, starting from its origins as a Virtua Fighter-base...

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