The Shenmue 3 Official YouTube channel went live with a new video interview with Takeshi Hirai, creative director for Shenmue and lead programmer for the Shenmue series. In it he discusses the development of the original game, as well as all the various difficulties that came along with making it and its sequel. More after the jump.
Thanks to big events like the wildly successful Shenmue III Kickstarter and the unveiling at Sony's E3 conference that preceded it, Yu Suzuki's grand adventure is back in the spotlight. That makes it perfect timing for the discovery of a rare documentary, which goes behind the scenes of the original Shenmue's premiere and launch in 1999. Hit the jump for the footage.
Back at the top of the month the Shenmue III Kickstarter announced the return of English voice actor Corey Marshall as lead Ryo Hazuki, and now the same has been confirmed for the Japanese track. According to one of the latest updates, Masaya Matsukaze (Kasper in Jormungand, Kane in Bodacious Space Pirates) will be reprising his role as Ryo. More after the jump.
There are less than three days to go on the Shenmue III Kickstarter, which hit its goal in record-breaking time and is now cruising toward a cool five million and the finish line. To celebrate, Ys Net posted an update featuring a new trailer that showcases a work-in-progress scene. See it after the jump.
Hardcore Shenmue fans are a dedicated lot. Would Yu Suzuki really be able to realize his dream of making Shenmue III without years and years of outspoken fans crying for more? This dedication shines through in A Gamer's Journey: The Definitive History of Shenmue, an upcoming documentary from cinematographer/filmmaker Adam Sipione. Hit the jump for a trailer.
It was less than 12 hours ago that Shenmue III was announced on the stage of Sony's E3 press conference. Its Kickstarter went live right away, and it managed to hit its initial goal of $2 million at lightning speed. More after the jump.
Sony must have been determined to overload the Internet with its E3 2015 press conference, because they followed up the Final Fantasy VII remake with the announcement of Shenmue III. However, just because they brought creator Yu Suzuki out on stage doesn't mean they're funding the dang thing. The reveal ended up counting down to a Kickstarter campaign, which is now live and already climbing fast. More after the jump.
Data Discs, a London-based company with the goal of releasing classic video game soundtracks as vinyl records, has announced the first two sountracks that it plans to publish: Streets of Rage and Shenmue. Hit the jump to learn more.
Sega may not be keen on bringing back and cleaning up Yu Suzuki's Shenmue games, but fans can't shake the unfinished saga of Ryo Hazuki. Noconkid, a fan in Korea, has gone one step further, putting in some work on an HD remaster of Shenmue that shows just how nice a full-on polish could look. Screens and video after the jump!
Shenmue hero Ryo Hazuki has taken his search for sailors into overdrive by joining the roster of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Right now he's only on the newly launched iOS and Android versions, but hopefully he'll be joining the rest in the not too distant future. Read on for more.
It was really tempting to write up a story about the recent trademark application for Shenmue 3, but in the end it's best we didn't get anyone's hopes up. Sega confirmed with Eurogamer that the application is, sadly, a fake. Read on for more.
Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki may appear to be looking for a fight, but he's really just looking for some sailors. Or maybe a nice stray cat to feed. Either way, he's looking sharp in collectibles maker First4Figures' new statue, which is up for pre-order and scheduled to ship in Q4 2013. Pics past the break.
A recent interview with Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki might shed some light on the future of the series, which was left unfinished after the conclusion of Shenmue II. According to the report, it seems Suzuki hasn't ruled out crowd-funding via a service like Kickstarter. Read on for more.
In addition to Shenmue designs, Insert Coin's 100% official Sega shirts and hoodies let fans rep the likes of Jet Set Radio, Streets of Rage, and more. Check out the lineup, as well as some Devil May Cry apparel, after the jump.