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Shenmue 3

Postby Dai » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:58 am

I'm surprised there isn't a thread for this yet. For those who weren't watching the news coming out of this year's E3, yes, Shenmue 3 is happening. Here are some important details and interesting facts:

- Yu Suzuki is funding it via Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ys ... escription

- The Kickstarter broke the record for reaching $1 million of funding (less than two hours): http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/06/17/e ... owdfunding

- It reached the $2 million funding goal in the first nine hours. However, Suzuki has said that at that level the game will be more story-based, and has implied that it will take around $10 million for it to be the 'full-on Shenmue experience', ie. a fully open world game. Looking at the stretch goals, it appears to be unlocking those features (part-time jobs, side quests, etc) one at a time.

- Some form of funding or assistance will be coming in from Sony and other sources that remain unnamed due to contractual restrictions. In Sony's case it's unclear whether this is anything more than giving it a marketing push or waiving licensing fees for publishing on PS4, or if they are aiding in funding the development.

- Suzuki has confirmed that he is not condensing the story from the original outline, so Shenmue 3 will not end the series. While not explicitly confirmed, it looks like he's planning this to be the third of five games.

- It will be released on PC and PS4. Originally it was to be digitally on both and only physically on PC, but a physical PS4 reward level has just been added.

tl;dr Ryo will finally get out of that cave, but there's a long way to go.
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Re: Shenmue 3

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:45 pm

I hope they add the first two games as stretch goals. I've only played through the first one and that was several years ago I attempted to play Shenmu 2 on Xbox but never got into it I don't think I started it really as other stuff came out that I wanted to play.
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Re: Shenmue 3

Postby XvGojira » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:18 pm

Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:I hope they add the first two games as stretch goals. I've only played through the first one and that was several years ago I attempted to play Shenmu 2 on Xbox but never got into it I don't think I started it really as other stuff came out that I wanted to play.


Yeah, I've heard so much about these games but never played them. And since this is a 3rd part of a trilogy, it'd make sense to have some sort of refresher like that.
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Re: Shenmue 3

Postby Dai » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:27 am

XvGojira wrote:
Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:I hope they add the first two games as stretch goals. I've only played through the first one and that was several years ago I attempted to play Shenmu 2 on Xbox but never got into it I don't think I started it really as other stuff came out that I wanted to play.


Yeah, I've heard so much about these games but never played them. And since this is a 3rd part of a trilogy, it'd make sense to have some sort of refresher like that.


Re-releases of the first two games are out of Yu Suzuki's control, unfortunately. Sega retain ownership of those games, but have no part in making or publishing Shenmue 3. They have essentially just given him license to use the name. On the other hand, one of the stretch goals that has already been reached is for 'cinematic shorts' of the first two games, which presumably means a video recap.
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Re: Shenmue 3

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:49 am

If Sega were smart, they have noticed this and are planning to remaster the first two games to bring them out before Shenmue III comes out since 3 is still at leas 3 years out.
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Re: Shenmue 3

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:25 pm

I doubt we'll get remasters probably just going to get digital versions of the first two games.
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Re: Shenmue 3

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:53 am

Shenmue was one of the reasons I got a Dreamcast when it first came out.

I never beat Shenmue II, but I probably would if they re-released it on PS4.
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