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Re: If you donated to help Shenmue 3. Please post here.

Bumping 200 to show them theres a need for higher tiers.
by shredingskin
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:17 pm
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Giant Bomb talks to Adam Boyes about Shenmue 3

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by Ziming
Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:36 am
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Re: Update; Interview with Tak Hirai, lead Shenmue programme

This is not Ryo's movement, this is the stock example character in UE4. If you download UE4, you can play around with it.

Great interview, I wonder what will they do with the battle system. I'm hoping something similar to the original VF-esque combat.
by Rikitatsu
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:21 am
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Re: Update; Interview with Tak Hirai, lead Shenmue programme

Please, please tell me you haven't given Ryo the ability to jump......
by Peter
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:55 am
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Update; Interview with Tak Hirai, lead Shenmue programmer

Minor new off-screen footage of scene
Combining QTE/battle system into 'new' system
by NeoShredder
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:14 am
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Shenmue 3 News | Multimedia | Interview Archive
Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Website
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Shenmue 3 Update #65: Dev Room Progress Report Vol. 2

Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Update #62: Yu-San & Music

Shenmue 3 - Yu Suzuki Interview

Yu Suzuki Interview Part 2 (May 9 Bessatsu Shonen Magazine)

Yu Suzuki Interview (May 9 Bessatsu Shonen Magazine)

Yu Suzuki Interview - Shenmue3 (Shenmue Dojo & Team Yu @ Magic Monaco 2016)

Yu Suzuki interview (MAGIC 2016) by Shenmue Master

Yu Suzuki No Life Interview

A weekend with Yu Suzuki

Yu Suzuki interview by Journal du Japon (Translated by Yokosuka)

Magic Monaco 2016

Yu Suzuki Red Bull Games Interview + New Screens

Magic Monaco 2016 - Exclusive New Shenmue III Screens

Cédric Biscay interview by Desert Bus de l'Espoir (15/11/21)

Yu Suzuki Reveals Shenmue 3 Prototype in China (Complete Video) -Subtitled-

China interview with Yu Suzuki (Nov 19)

Cédric Biscay : Monaco Hebdo and interviews

Executive Shenmue Ambassador interview with Yu Suzuki

Kickstarter - Month 3 Progress Report

Yu Suzuki interview with David Deville - Shenmue 3

DualShockers Yu Suzuki Interview

EuroGamer Article/Interview

Famitsu Interview with Yu (Sept 8th)

Otakumode Yu Suzuki Interview

Progress Update Interview with Yu Suzuki

The Point - How Did Shenmue 3 Raise $6.3 Million? (Gamespot)

GamesTM Yu Suzuki Interview

Play UK Magazine

Phil Spencer (Xbox) talks about Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Final Countdown (Twitch)

Yu Suzuki interview from Hobby Consolas. (Spanish)

Interview with Cedric Biscay (Radio Monaco) - July 22, 2015

Cedric Biscay Interview @ - July 15th 2015

Yu Suzuki interview from Nico Nico Douga.

Yu Suzuki Twitter Q&A Recap (June 10th)

Yu Suzuki Q&A on Twitter (#YouaskYu)

Corey Marshall back for Shenmue 3 (Official)

Ryuji Iuchi's blog update on Shenmue music

Shenmue 3 Funding and Budget Statement

Famitsu Article Translation

Yu Suzuki 4gamer interview- touching the character perspective system - Yu Suzuki interview - (updated translation)

Yu Suzuki interview published by Inside-Games on June 17

Twitch Q&A (Fan Translation)

GAME Watch interview snippets

Yu Suzuki AMA - Reddit

Yu Suzuki Game Informer Interview

Getting The Rights To Shenmue Was Easier Than You’d Think

Yu Suzuki/Cedric Biscay interview

Blit Software Interview about porting games

Shuhei Yoshida Contributed $29 to Shenmue 3 Kickstarter

Jim Ryan (Head of Sony Europe) discussing Shenmue

Sony clarifies its role in bringing Shenmue 3 to the PS4 - thanks to @yosp (Shuhei Yoshida)

Understanding Sony's Role in Shenmue 3

So, what is Shenmue III - and why should I care?

Cedric Biscay Tweet (Sony only funding PS4 port from PC)

Sony is providing various supports, including marketing and investment, to YSNet. However, SONY is just one of many backers of #Shenmue3

Sony's Yoshida Interview - Not completely funding Shenmue question -

Kickstarter Money going to Developers. Not Sony

What We Know About Shenmue III So Far.

How to make Shenmue on a budget

Yu Suzuki Wants To Introduce A New QTE System For Shenmue 3

Yu Suzuki - Playstation E3 Experience 2015 Live Cast

How Sony Pulled Off Their E3 2015 Press Conference

Sony definitely supporting Shenmue 3 (Adam Boyes)

Adam Boyes explains Sony's role with Shenmue 3

Adam Boyes - Shenmue Discussion (Gamespot Live E3 2015)

Shuhei Yoshida E3 Highlights

Andrew House mentions Shenmue

News of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter reaches Time magazine!

Shenmue 3 sets Guinness World Record for quickest video game crowdfunding

Shenmue 3- tells the underside of revival

Shenmue 3 Epic Reaction Art
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MCV article: multi platform and the magic $10 million

Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Image Gallery

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by Ziming
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:09 am
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Re: Shenmue's Success in Direct Proportion to Suzuki's Happi

It's true actually that you can notice this. I remember writing a few years ago that he looked depressed. Even back with Shenmue Online he never seemed excited. Like he was going through the motions. It's clear that he means it when he says that Shenmue is a very personal project.
by ys
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:02 am
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Re: Shenmue III Kickstarter marketing is fucking terrible.

Relax I still haven't pledged yet. Still on holiday. I am guessing plenty of other people are too. The world doesn't stop for E3 and Kickstarter. There will be Shenmue fans coming back from E3 soon too. And not everyone who is a fan of Shenmue will be aware unless they still play games and keep up with gaming news, so we should perhaps start initiative to get word out to people who aren't into gaming anymore. There is a large chunk of former members of these forums who haven't posted once or logged in...
by Henry Spencer
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:35 am
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Re: Shenmue III Kickstarter marketing is fucking terrible.

Shenhua-Nani? wrote: Not a single backer in the last 15 minutes....we are officially fucked

There's a limit to what diehard fans can do, they need to attract new blood if this is gonna get any decent amount of money. ](*,)

This..... this is a joke post right?
by Peter
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:37 am
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Re: Shenmue III Kickstarter marketing is fucking terrible.

Admittedly it is a little disheartening to see goals of $200'000 each adding more content to the game. All I want is a PS4 physical copy for the game more than anything else.

I really don't get this. We all know for certain that the PS4 physical copy is coming out albeit only at retail, not as a reward tier. But you know what's not a certainty? This game overall quality! So I just I don't understand how people would hold themselves from pledging more (if they can) because they'd prefer a plastic disc over having the power to make this the best game ever. After all the stretch goals are to add the extra immersion to the game, fulfilling Yu Suzuki's original vision and Sony could care less for those because they can't gauge their effectiveness at getting people to buy the game at retail price.
by sand4fish
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:48 am
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Re: Shenmue III Kickstarter marketing is fucking terrible.

Because saying we haven't had a backer in 15 minutes means we are officially fucked is an absolutely ridiculous statement.
by Peter
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:03 am
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GameWatch interviews Yu Suzuki ... 07899.html

Google translation being funny as always, I'm not sure if it tells something new.
by The Big Landman
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:42 am
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

shredingskin wrote: What type of music does ryo like ?

Space Harrier OST, After Burner OST and Van Halen, of course!
by The Big Landman
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:23 am
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Re: How will Shenmue III start?

Cave. We have all dreaded the damn place for all of these years, there's nothing more impactful then getting out of it.
by Yama
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:21 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

I don't care how much Sony is funding the game I want to know how much Awesome Japan is getting for this fuck up.
by Riku Rose
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:41 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Another question to ask at the AMA is at what time the AMA will happen.

Also he should talk to the kickstarter team about the benefits of using am and pm.

This. I don't want to rag too much on them, but... 9:30PM PST??!! Europe is asleep then! That's a huge potential userbase being neglected. Even some people on the East Coast of the US won't be on reddit for the AMA. I've been a redditor for 4 years, really poor handling of the AMA so far. I know they couldn't announce it before the 16th because it would give away the surprise but what announcing it straight after and then having it at a later date so more people will know about it? :/
by Amir
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:41 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

I'm not sure things are as dire as you think they are. The Kickstarter is still tracking better than comparable Kickstarters. For instance, it is ahead of Bloodstained on every single day of activity. Yesterday's addition of the $3,000 tier generated $54,000.

Please, let's not get ahead of ourselves. We didn't even know Shenmue III would happen a week ago.
by mjq jazz bar
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:44 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Hyo Razuki wrote: Could someone please post a link to the YS AMA? I find the layout extremely confusing.

It hasn't started yet.
by Himuro
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:39 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Hyo Razuki wrote: Could someone please post a link to the YS AMA? I find the layout extremely confusing.

No one knows whats going on right now.
by FourWuDu1026
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:39 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Riku Rose wrote: I don't care how much Sony is funding the game I want to know how much Awesome Japan is getting for this fuck up.


They better not be getting paid!!! This could have been done better and for free by Shenmue fans!
by Peter
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:45 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Still nothing on reddit or iama
by Peter
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:47 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Someone should start an ama called "I'm waiting for the Yu Suzuki AMA so AMA."
by elfshadowreaper
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:48 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

If it's open world just walk back to Yokosuka and spar with Fuku-San.
by elfshadowreaper
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:51 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

I want it to make hundreds of millions of dollars and I want everyone in the world to buy two copies, but I'm content with the way things are going. I agree the Kickstarter is not being run well, but it's also already broken records, gotten into the news and generated quite a bit of excitement in the gaming community. Who would've thought Shenmue 3 would make headlines 15 years later?

Unfortunately, I'm afraid a lot of negativity surrounding the Kickstarter might dissuade the casual spectator from donating. The Polygon article made me pretty angry.

Here's hoping they get their act together in the next couple weeks. I believe they're getting and reading a lot of our feedback.
by mjq jazz bar
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:53 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

I remember one of my friends had this Hong Kong made VMU thingy, which let you transfer DC save stats to the computer via USB I think. He bought it from Lik Sang or Lan Kwei like 10 years back.

Like this thing?

It uses a com port though not USB.
by Anthony817
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:54 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today!

Wouldn't it be easier and better if Yu Suzuki did his Q&A here in the dojo?
by killthesagabeforeitkillsu
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:57 pm
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Yu Suzuki Gameinformer Interview

The gripping tale of Ryo Hazuki’s quest for vengeance captivated Dreamcast audiences when it released to widespread critical acclaim in 2000. Though Yu Suzuki’s masterpiece was beloved by fans, the astounding cost of its first two entries and poor sales of Shenmue II drove Sega to cancel the third game, leaving Suzuki’s saga without resolution.

Though the series was abandoned by Sega and written off as an impossibility for over a decade, the fan base has been unrelenting in its requests for the series to continue. Both Suzuki and Sega have been inundated by fan requests for Shenmue III, with online campaigns comprised of the most die-hard fans continuing to push forward through petitions and social media accounts.

Those fans were vindicated this week, when Shenmue III’s Kickstarter campaign not only grabbed valuable stage time on Sony’s E3 press conference for its reveal, but also went on to attract so much traffic that Kickstarter’s site crashed. With the Kickstarter campaign reaching its goal of $2 million in record time and Sony providing further funding, Shenmue III is finally a reality.

The reserved nature of Yu Suzuki did little to hide his passion and excitement for this project. With each question I asked, the legendary developer spoke quickly, smiled often, and held the composure of a man whose dream was finally coming true. During our conversation, we covered a variety of topics ranging from Sega’s role in Shenmue III to how the franchise remains relevant so long after it was thought lost forever.

Game Informer: It’s been 14 years since the last game. Why is now the right time for Shenmue to return?

Yu Suzuki: To make a game like Shenmue, obviously the question is how to get the funding to make a game like that and you know, it’s been really hard – I just couldn’t find a way to get it together. But three years ago, I learned of Kickstarter and I met some people who have done Kickstarter before and with all their help, we decided to put this Kickstarter together. With what we managed to fund on that site, as well as with the other funding sources my company, Ys Net, has procured, I believe now is the time that we can make Shenmue III.

Is it frustrating to have to wait so long to finally realize this project?

Pretty much everywhere I go, it’s always “Make Shenmue III! Make Shenmue III!” The reaction is so strong from the fans that I’ve always been looking at how I can make Shenmue III. These past years, it was very stressful, because I couldn’t make it. More than that, I couldn’t give the fans what they wanted. That was probably the worst part: I couldn’t answer their calls that they were sending out for me. Now that the project has started – lots of relief there.

Now that the announcement of the game is out there, was there one moment that was the biggest relief of all?

It was probably at the Sony press conference when I was waiting in line for Shenmue III to be announced. Adam [Boyes, VP of publisher and developer relations at PlayStation] was up on stage talking about something, then I saw that the Shenmue III promotion video was on and then all of a sudden there was this big well from the audience and this big noise that came from them. That was the time that I felt most relieved. Before that, it was really big titles like Destiny – everything before that was a big title – and I was kind of worried about how Shenmue III would shape up to these guys, but once the song came on, the rouse came from the audience. I knew it was then.

Were you surprised by how fast the Kickstarter goal was reached?

The thing that really surprised me first about the Kickstarter was the crash that happened. Kickstarter broke – that was a big surprise. I couldn’t believe that! The second one was how fast it went to $1 million. Apparently, it is the fastest game or entertainment project on Kickstarter to reach that number.

The first two Shenmue games were published by Sega. Does Sega have any involvement with Shenmue III?

So, YS Net received the licensing rights from Sega. Of course, the original properties are still licensed with Sega. This time, they’re allowing us to use it and allowing us to use the licensing rights. They also gave us a lot of resources from [Shenmue] I and II to help us with this project. They’ve been very happy to see Shenmue III being made and we have a very good relationship.

A big part of the original Shenmue games were the Sega Easter eggs, such as the capsule toys and playing Sega games in the arcades. Is there any possibility that those will appear in this game even though those licenses belong to Sega?

There are some things I can use and there are some things I can’t use. It’s kind of depending on further talks with Sega. I think there’s going to be a lot of small details that we’re going to have to speak with them on as we go along.

The challenging part, at least in the United States, is that Shenmue came out on Sega Dreamcast, Shenmue II came out on Xbox, and Shenmue III is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, making it difficult for many fans to experience the first two games since they’re on separate platforms. Are there any plans to bring Shenmue I and Shenmue II to modern platforms?

If you have that question, it’s better that you ask Sega because they hold the rights to those. Those are their properties and I'm not in a position to talk about that, but I’m thinking about asking them!

Shenmue was a very revolutionary and influential game when it was released on Dreamcast. A lot has changed in the games industry since then. How does the team work to make a game just as revolutionary so long after the original?

It’s all about the new challenges with me, and I definitely want to try these new things. Of course, it’s going to come down to the funding and how much we’re going to be able to spend on Shenmue III, but if we get to that point, I believe it will be just as revolutionary as the ones before.

As we emerged from the small room where our conversation took place, a handful of Shenmue fans eagerly greeted Suzuki. Despite spending the majority of his day in that room, fielding questions from members of the media, Suzuki stopped to greet those fans, take pictures, and sign autographs. As we left, I heard the unmistakable sound of pure joy that follows a monumental moment such as what that encounter meant to those fans. It may have been 14 years since Shenmue II launched on the Dreamcast in Japan, and 13 since its release on the Xbox in the U.S., but through the hurdles, struggles, and disappointments taking place over the past decade and a half, the enduring passion of the Shenmue fan base has kept Suzuki’s dream alive.
by Riku Rose
Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:05 pm
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Reddit AMA Answers

Thought I'd compile all the reddit Q&A in an initial post so it's easy to read for those who don't want to go through 10 pages. I'll edit my initial post as it goes on.

How accurately will Shenmue III be compared to your original vision of the game or will there be major compromises?

YS: There are a total of 11 chapters that make up the whole story. Over the past 14 years I originally planned for there to 4 or five games to the series. If at all possible, I would still like to realize the full story of 11 chapters.

Will Shenmue III enable PayPal or a means to donate to the project when the Kickstarter ends? Projects like Star Citizen gained tens of millions in donations by allowing this.

YS: I am still thinking about it, but have not decided yet.

Shenmue is a Peach Blossom tree correct? Could you tell us what type of tree exactly?
I would like to plant one.

YS: It is more like a cherry blossom tree, that blooms its flowers in the springtime. It is actually a tree I made up for the story.

Hello Suzuku-san! Will a day-to-night cycle and weather system return to Shenmue 3? They added so much to the atmosphere of previous games. Thank you Suzuki-san!

YS: Of course!

Will you reassure us that Ryo's face will be changed back to the Ryo we all know and love when Shenmue 3 releases, and not this impostor wearing Ryo's jacket that you have on Kickstarter? That is NOT our Ryo!

YS: I am not happy with Ryo's face. It will be the face I have in my mind in the end.

Will the gameplay in Shenmue III be more contemporary or will it be more in line with past Shenmue iterations?

YS: As for III, I would like to make a less stressful user interface, that will feature more usability. From now on, I will make that a focus.

Yu are my hero!
Shenmue is credited with introducing the QTE. Given the significant advances in gaming systems and technology over the last decade, are you confident that you can show the gaming world something we have not seen before?

YS: Thank you very much.

Will we see any capsule toys based on Ape Escape or any of the Sony franchise in Shenmue 3?

YS: I have not decided the capsule toys, so please keep your ideas coming.

Have you ever consider telling the rest of the tale for Shenmue in a book if the opportunity to make Shenmue III never came up?

YS: Yes, I have but if I did do that, it would give away the end of the story, and I thought that would be a big minus.

What was your inspiration for the story behind the first two Shenmue games?

YS: When I was making Virtua Fighter, I went location hunting in China. I was very inspired by Chinese martial arts. That very well may have been the beginning.

Will practicing moves make a return in Shenmue 3 along with the FREE battle system? A lot of fans feel not being able to practice moves was big piece missing in Shenmue 2, and I also personally loved being able to practice and make the moves stronger. It really makes you feel as if you are learning marital arts and then performing them in a skill-based actual battle feels very satisfying.

YS: I want to do it yes!

Will players have access to both the Japanese and English voice overs for the game?
And I wanted to say thank you so much for Shenmue and Shenmue II, it brought a tear to my eye seeing those games at E3 during the Shenmue III announcement, I cannot wait. Those two games are what made me curious about Japan as a child, and I am now trying to work as a Japanese translator!

YS: I am thinking about that, yes. However it is not for sure.
It is because of fans like you, I wanted to make a sequel. Thank you very much.

Will the band-aid ever come off?

YS: I am considering a special option where it could be removed.

Will we see Ryo's Journal return? Would be cool to be able to flip the pages using the PS4's touchpad.

YS: I would like to bring back the Journal. That is an interesting idea, I will look into it. Thank you.

What do you think of the current state of Japanese game development?

YS: I see the share of mobile games increasing, the budgets of games decreasing. It will be harder to express a game's vision.
I would hope the console and PC markets gain more popularity.

Any possibility of a bicycle finally being added to Shenmue 3? Thank you so much again, Yu!

YS: There is a 60 horsepower bike in Shenmue 1. For Shenmue, 3 I was thinking about something with 1 horsepower.

Will character polls compromise your artistic vision?

YS: I really want to get everyone's opinion on the characters. I have something in mind that won't break the world immersion.

In Suzuki-san’s opinion, what is the essence of arcade games? Are those influences in Shenmue?

YS: With an arcade game, you are restricted to a 3 minute window to express what the game is. That is how I made games for the longest time. I wanted to create a game that could be played at a more leisurely pace, so I created what ended up being Shenmue.

Yu, are you really going to be signing your autograph on the illustration for the $300 kickstarter signed collectors edition? So far there is almost 2000 backers, that is a lot of illustrations to sign!

YS: Of course I will write them all myself!

Will Shenmue 3 have any sort of multiplayer component? Perhaps Co-op or a versus mode?

YS: I am thinking about something that would resemble that.

Do you have any more details to share about the stretch goals? It's not clear to me what a "Rapport System" or "Character Perspective System" entails.

YS: They are new systems, so naturally they need new names. The Rapport System will govern changes in Shenhua's actions depending on your conversations with or actions towards her. The "Character Perspective System" will highlight different characters personalities as they go through the story.

What will Ryo do to earn money in Shenmue 3?
As great and engrossing as the story and gameplay were in Shenmue 1 and 2, I (and many others) really really liked the forklift driving. It was like I could learn a new (video game) skill, get good at it, and putter around the docks like a badass.

YS: There will be part time jobs that will be indicative of those you would find in China. In the Stretch goals there will also be the old favorites.

Do you have any dogs or cats?

YS: 3 yorkshire terriers and a turtle.

Love your work! You are a pioneer in this industry! As for my question:
How much game elements/features will we be missing in the game if the campaign doesn't reach the $5 million mark?

YS: I will say this: if we reach the $5 mil mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality.
At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.

Who would win a fight between Ryo and Akira?

YS: Akira! Akira is up to 5 now, and Ryo is still on 3.

Can we expect more duck racing in Shenmue III? That was the best easter egg I've ever seen in a video game.

YS: I would love it.

How was it working with mega64?

YS: It was really fun. I would love to do it again.
I hope they pitch in for the replica Ryo jacktet!

Will there be forklift gameplay in Shenmue III?

YS: Look for it in the Stretch Goals!

Given Shenmue 2's ending and previous items found within the series; will swordplay enter gameplay at all? What about the story, can we expect Ryo to use a sword at some point?

YS: I can't answer that.

Do you have a favorite game that you've developed other than Shenmue?

YS: I had fun making all the games I worked on, and can't say one was better than another. Boring answer I know, but it really is true.

I only have one statement. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that Shenmue is one of the greatest game series of all time. And one quick question, what can we expect for surprises in the 3rd installment without spoiling the storyline at all?

YS: How could I do that? Sorry, gotta pass. Thank you very much though!

I've always wondered, why did you set the game in the 1980s rather than present day?

YS: I wanted put forward the differences in culture and values between the two periods.

(Suzuki-san, thank you for coming today! Shenmue is the reason I came to Japan. Those living towns and people you showed in your games were so natural and real, that I wanted to see it for myself. So, now I am in my fourth year of living in Japan.
What I'd like to ask is, if you had billions of yen, what would your dream Shenmue be?
Also, were there any features or gameplay you liked that didn't make it into Shenmue 1 or 2?)

YS: One where the player could live in that world. A second life.

I have two important questions for you:
Do you know where I can find some sailors?
Would you like to try a game of Lucky Hit?

YS: Yes, but not right now.
Uh, ok.

I love the music from Shenmue, if anything kept me thinking about Shenmue from time to time during these 10+ years it was the music. Was is your favorite piece from the soundtrack? Thank you for bringing Shenmue to our lives, I can't thank you enough.

YS: Of course I love both the Shenmue and Shenhua themes, and all of them really, but the one that really sticks with me is the Tomato Mart.

Will there be more funding tiers added to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, specifically between the $500 and $3000 tier?

YS: Yes.

Shenmue 3 is just the start. How successful does the game need to be for us to get Shenmue 4 and so on until the saga is complete?

YS: If the fans are not happy with 3 there will not be a 4. So I please hope we can together make this game the best it can be.

What Sega console is your favourite and why?

YS: The Dreamcast. It has really good balance. I was involved with the hardware as well, so it had a lot of meaning for me.

Suzuki-San...welcome to the fantasy zone! It's finally happening. Any plans on more arcade games within Shenmue III?

YS: I plan on making plans.

Why do you create?

YS: Why does one climb the mountain?
The shark cannot breath when it does not swim.

Any info on the stretch goals for Choubu and Bailu village?

YS: Choubu is a riverside village with lots of shops, souvenir stores, hotels and temples. The quests in this village should be very enjoyable, I think.
Bailu is the village where Shenhua was raised and also a place that Ryo's father, Iwao, had visited when he was younger. Here as well the quests will play an important role as Ryo and Shenhua start their journey.

Are all the towns listed in the Kickstarter stretch goals in the game already, or are the stretch goals only there as a means to help give them more features and spice?

YS: They are there, but with more powered up through the stretch goals.

Will Ryo ever go back to Japan?

YS: Not in 3.

Who is your favorite Shenmue character?

YS: It has always been Shenhua.

Are you still involved in any programming activities?

YS: I still write algorithms, logic verification, and make simple prototypes.

Do you play airsoft, paintball, or anything similar?

YS: I think it was Afterburner that I really got into airsoft. The office floor was covered with plastic BBs. Yeah, the Berretta 93R rocks. I put a real hunting scope on that one.

Are you at all a fan of Anime? If so, what are your favourites?

YS: Sure, but its all pretty old stuff.

Will the game take advantage of the virtual reality goggles on PS4 and PC?

YS: Right now, there are no plans for a vr system compatibility, but I love the idea of using it to peer into the world of Shenmue.

When creating Shenmue 3, will you use any assets at all from 1 & 2? Or do you have to start all over from scratch because SEGA still owns the first two games?

YS: The assets from 1 & 2 will get a lot of use.
by Riku Rose
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:22 am
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Re: Reddit AMA Answers

$5M on Kickstarter.
$2M or $3M on Paypal.
$2M or $3M by Sony/Other recourses.

The $10M plan.
by killthesagabeforeitkillsu
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:52 am
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Re: Reddit AMA Answers

[–]The_Dukkhanator 17 puntos hace 4 horas
Are all the towns listed in the Kickstarter stretch goals in the game already, or are the stretch goals only there as a means to help give them more features and spice?
[–]Yu_Suzuki[S] 15 puntos hace 27 minutos
They are there, but with more powered up through the stretch goals.

This one slipped me by, great question but better answer.
by shredingskin
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:05 am
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Re: Reddit AMA Answers

I've updated my initial post.
by Riku Rose
Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:02 am
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Re: Reddit AMA Answers

I think that he was referring to using the touchpad to flip the pages. Not the journal in itself being an interesting idea.

It's good to know that 10 million number. But I'm also slightly worried due to how the Kickstarter campaign is going. Articles like the one from Forbes at the least created extra confusion which was really not needed at this point.

Regarding horses, Besides Shenhua we also had this :
by ys
Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:12 am
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Re: No Japan in Shenmue 3, Confirmed.

Could be an equivocation of the word "like".

places like Japan and China -- to be meant as actually Japan and China
places like Japan and China -- to be meant as places that share similar qualities to Japan and China

likely a translation error or just a flat out lie though.
by Thief
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:01 am
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Re: Wasting money on smaller languages

I am German myself and I'd also have voted to not burn money on translations. Correct me if I am wrong, but i think the original games also didn't come with a German (Or italian or whatever) translation. At least my "german" Shenmue 2 had Japanese audio and english subtitles. As far as i remember only Ryos diary was translated to German which was obviously pointless if the rest in the game is English.

I'd have loved it to see these 400,000 bucks being spend on better stuff and just release the english sub file with the game so fans can translate them themselves - as they did for the original Shenmue 1 and 2...
by Master Kyodai
Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:17 pm
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Refrain from Infighting

This is not necessarily related to Shenmue 3 itself, but more the campaign and everything surrounding it.

Understandably, many people are excited and passionate for the game, and of course, many people have their worries or their criticisms about the marketing in regards to the Kickstarter campaign, and Sony's involvement, among other things. I just want to remind everyone to keep a clear, rational head about all of this. Remember that we all want the same thing; for Shenmue 3 to be good as it possibly can be given the odds. Bickering over trivialities and trying to be the right one in an argument can be counterproductive to the campaign itself if we're not concentrated on pushing this current Kickstarter campaign as strongly as we can. I am not saying we are not allowed to have disagreements, but don't let them get to the extent of becoming distractions from the goal. We have plenty of time to get this ball rolling, so lets not panic; keep it cool.

In the end, we're all on the same side. This goes for the forum, Twitter, Youtube, Kickstarter comments, and any other context in which we have to interact with one another. Let's try to make some history here.
by SlySpy
Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:36 pm
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Re: Wasting money on smaller languages

I still think that there are loads of fans out there who would be willing to make a quality translation for free, just as it happened for Shenmue 1 and 2...
by Master Kyodai
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:25 pm
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Re: How Do You Feel About Shenmue III Becoming More Spiritua

I love it. It perfectly punctuates the general tone of the series, and especially which throws it right in your face. Ryo goes through a decaying, decrepit old crime filled city in order to find information on his fathers killer. Kowloon represents Ryo's inner demons as the cracks expose themselves leading to his own perdition. Xiuying tells him as much in the church and many times in Honk Kong. The analogy for Ryo's spiritual journey from Kowloon to Guilin is both figurative and literal in the scope of the games themes. Ryo, having found Zhu Yuanda, travels from a place that eats his soul and forces him to go to extremes to find vengeance that will never sate him, to a place separated from civilization, surrounded by nature in all of its wonders. It is through the nature of spirituality and friendship, which Ryo starts to embrace as seen in the Tai Chi scene at the crag, that will save Ryo and deliver him from becoming the exact person he hates.

The naturalism vs urbanism dynamic in II is a natural part of the evolution of the story, and one that gives it far more emotional weight.

I don't take it as an west vs east debate. I think that pits the story at its most reduced form. After all, Hong Kong is more advanced than Yokosuka which is a small town and many people that live in these places, like Xiuying, are on the straight and narrow. It isn't about west vs east, so much as I feel it is about Ryo's spiritual transformation as he grows from boy to man. He has two options. He thinks he NEEDS revenge, but it consumes him. The secret to his sating heartache is within him all along, and that is his own natural spirit.

The spiritualism is needed.

Further, I think people's take on east vs west debate is exotifying the east and trying to find a way to say the east is better when this is never explicitly said in neither games at all.
by Himuro
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:43 pm
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Shenmue Dojo Twitch streaming Let's Play promotion thread!!!

Twitch added ALL Shenmue games to its game list - yes, including Online! This is a great opportunity to show people what Shenmue is and participate in the Twitch community!

Posts your twitch links and let's get this started. The idea is to play a lot of Shenmue games on Twitch and catch attention and show newcomers why we love it while being a helpful and welcoming environment to allow community participation.

If all plans to right I should be streaming tonight. Let's do this!
by Himuro
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:30 pm
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Re: Shenmue Dojo Twitch streaming Let's Play promotion threa

I have been planning to stream Shenmue this week myself. Originally I intended to announce this in another thread, but I suppose since Twitch made it official, I'll do the promotion now.

I've done game playthrough streams before, but usually only for an audience of like one to three people. I plan on streaming Shenmue when I can during the weekends, that's Friday (tonight), Saturday, and/or Sunday. I will keep you guys informed when I am specifically streaming as time goes on.

My first stream will be tonight, estimating starting anywhere from 9 to 10 eastern standard time. I do not know how long the stream will run, but I'll try to keep it interesting. I do not wish to step on anyone else's toes, so if even one person attends my stream, I will be content with that.

Let's all make people aware of this game.
by SlySpy
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:38 pm
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Re: Shenmue Dojo Twitch streaming Let's Play promotion threa

I've been streaming S2 the last few nights, likely gonna continue tonight. I'll be sure to drop a link in here when I get started.

I've had a few new people pop in who were looking for Shenmue specifically, didn't know they weren't formally a part of Twitch..
by Maccam16
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:47 pm
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Re: Shenmue Dojo Twitch streaming Let's Play promotion threa

Thanks to everyone who attended the stream last night.

When we last left off, I was tracking down Charlie. I got a tip about the location of a tattoo parlor, so next I'm going to be following up on that lead.

Not sure how long this particular stream will be, but if it's short, I'll be sure to get another one in later tonight.
by SlySpy
Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:50 pm
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Re: Using fans as voice actors in Shenmue 3

I could see this working for say, NPCs, but not main characters. Maybe a fan can do a video on Youtube and upload it showing the details of how it went?
by Rika
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:11 pm
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