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Campaign News / Cedric Biscay meets up with Yu Suzuki
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:11:00 AM »


"Nice meeting tonight in Tokyo!"

Shenmue 3 co-producer Cédric Biscay shared this photo today of his visit to Japan, touching base with the game's director Yu Suzuki.

It's the latest in a series of travels for the Shibuya Productions boss. In August the Monaco native cut a vacation short to attend Gamescom in Germany, where Suzuki was meeting with fans and the media. There we took the opportunity for our first interview with Cédric, which you can watch here if you missed it.

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Campaign News / Shenmue HD rumor from WWG
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:06:58 AM »


A new report from WWG makes apparently new yet unconfirmed claims that Shenmue 1 & 2 HD will be released this year.

As always we advise treating all rumors with caution until official word comes from Sega, as we've all seen what little they've amounted to in the past, but you can check out the story here.

The #SaveShenmueHD campaign will continue to push for a public commitment from Sega to make these original chapters of the series available in time for Shenmue III. For more details visit our front page, where you can customize a pre-loaded message for automatic release during the monthly Tweetathon.

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Campaign News / Team Yu interviews Cédric Biscay
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:28:21 AM »


While in Cologne for Gamescom last week we had the chance to speak with Cédric Biscay, President and CEO of Shibuya Productions and co-producer of Shenmue 3.

The discussion, seen in full in this 10-minute video, ranged from topics such as comparing Cédric's role in such a dream project with that of new publisher Deep Silver, the feedback received on Ys Net's recently released teaser video, the perils of working on a series that he loves, and plans for the fan event that previously showcased Shenmue 3 footage - his company's homegrown Monaco Anime Game International Conferences (MAGIC).

On the need for Sega to greenlight new versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 in time for the new sequel's release, Cédric told us: "That's of course one of the most important things. Not only in the business point of view for us, but for everyone, because I think... if I have to make an answer as a fan, as a fan of Shenmue, I want everyone to love Shenmue. And in order to reach that goal we need to explain 'What is Shenmue?' to all the people. And if we want to do it, we need to remaster 1 & 2, because it's so complicated to start with Shenmue 3 if you don't know anything about Shenmue. And of course, as a business point of view, for us, if we want to have big sales, of course we need to have this remaster first - that would be so great. And I think, of course, it would be so great an opportunity for Sega, because as you know, we took the risk for Shenmue 3, and there is a big buzz around this, so... I cannot say it's easy, but it's quite easy, I think, to release this game."

If you agree then be sure to participate in the #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon this Sunday and every 3rd of the month. Sega missed an opportunity at Gamescom to announce these remasters, to which they have often paid lip service but never fully committed to releasing. If another Shenmue 3 teaser is promoted as quickly as Cédric suggests elsewhere in the interview, Sega won't have long to wait for another chance to capitalize on free publicity...

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Campaign News / Yu Suzuki on Shenmue HD: Ask Sega to make it!
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:09:27 PM »


The latest interview to surface from the shift put in by Yu Suzuki at Gamescom contains a quote that speaks to the hearts of all who participate in the monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon.

The next Tweetathon is this coming Sunday, September 3rd. To customize your pre-loaded message in support of the campaign, please visit the front page.

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Campaign News / Shenmue Tweetathon campaign on IGN Italia
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:27:00 AM »


With one week to go until the start of Gamescom, the European event at which new Shenmue 3 footage will be shown off, the Italian branch of IGN is giving props to the work you all did on the monthly Tweetathons leading up to the game's shock revival:

Original link / English translation by Google

More recently of course the Tweetathon continues in the form of the #SaveShenmueHD campaign, with fans asking Sega to join Yu Suzuki at Gamescom and officially confirm its release of Shenmue 1 & 2 remasters in time for his new sequel. For the latest information on this ongoing movement, please check out the front page where you can pre-load your AutoTweet for September 3rd.

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Campaign News / New, familiar comments from Sega on Shenmue remasters
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:28:38 AM »


British trade paper MCV has spoken with John Clark, Sega Europe's recently promoted Executive Vice President of Publishing, about the possibility of releasing a new version of Shenmue, the trailblazing Dreamcast classic whose second sequel is currently in independent development by original director Yu Suzuki at Ys Net.

After discussing Sega's recent PC conversions of console games like Bayonetta and Vanquish, MCV writes:


The success of those titles has meant that gamers have been quick to make lists of other titles they’d love to see on their PCs. The most common title at the top of those lists? Shenmue.

"It's something we would love to make happen, something we are trying to make happen," Clark says. "I think we want it to happen as much as anybody out there. Yes, it's a serious task and it's not a task that we're not working on, if that makes sense. It's something we're actively pursuing."

We ask whether Sega has its own list of possible console-to-PC conversions? "Yes, which is almost identical, I would say, to the community's list," Clark replies. "You know, when we launched Bayonetta, there was a list created straight away on Steam that was saying, 'What games do you want to see Sega release next?' Those titles have been titles on our list for a long time."



Gingerly navigating the double negative in Clark's comments, he appears to be repeating the same sentiment as every other talking head from Sega over the past two years: that they'd really like to remaster Shenmue, and they're actively looking into it, but it's so haaaaaaaard...

If Shenmue III had not been recently delayed into next year, it would be coming out in four months. Yet Sega is still stuck on loop saying that an option for today's gamers to play the original chapters in the story is "something we would love to make happen."

They have known since long before June 2015 that Ys Net was planning a Shenmue III, and have witnessed the project bring Kickstarter to its knees and set records that still stand today. We've heard time and again about the investigations, the obstacles, and how they want it as much as we do. But we've still, after all this time, yet to hear that they're actually making it.

To customize your message for the next #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon, visit our front page.

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Campaign News / Shenmue 3 to be shown at Gamescom
« on: June 30, 2017, 08:39:00 PM »


The latest Shenmue 3 update from Ys Net officially unveils a new logo for the game, and provides a sneak peak at more of the new characters we can expect to meet on Ryo's journey.

The update also reveals that the team will attend the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany (August 22-26), where they plan to share their latest movie clips, news, and even some new announcements.

In the meantime, we hope to see you all active this Monday for the July 3rd #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon! See the front page for details on the campaign for Sega to publicly commit to remastering Shenmue 1 & 2 in time for Shenmue 3. Many thanks for your support!

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Campaign News / Shenmue 3's development extended
« on: June 08, 2017, 06:14:00 PM »


A backer update video from Yu Suzuki has formally announced what many fans have long been expecting: Shenmue 3's development has been extended until the second half of 2018.

The original estimate of this December was put in place before the project even began, with no budget in place and the scope of the game undecided. With crowdfunding proceeds more than tripling the initial target and Ys Net discovering they can get more out of Unreal Engine 4 than first imagined, it makes perfect sense to push back that release date and avoid placing artificial limits on what the game can achieve.

"It's a beautiful game," crowdfunding pro Justin Bailey told the Digital Dragons expo in Poland last month of the latest build he recently witnessed, "It looks great." And it will look even better after the extra care lavished upon it during the full-term gestation period it deserves.

As we already knew that Shenmue 3 would not be featured at E3 next week, we continue to hope that Sega takes this opportunity to announce remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 to tide us all over and grow the fan base in time for the release of a fully-cooked sequel.

Stay tuned to this page for information on the relevant streams to watch for any potential E3 developments over the coming days, as the campaign to #SaveShenmueHD heats up.

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Campaign News / JunE3rd Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:03:00 PM »


The latest update from Ys Net (see yesterday's post) has sought to keep fans' expectations in check regarding E3, confirming that Yu Suzuki and his team will be hard at work throughout June on developing Shenmue III, rather than dedicating significant resources to a polished trailer months in advance of the game's provisional release date.

Which means, with E3 now just days away, all eyes are on Sega to deliver a Shenmue bombshell of their own.

HD remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 have been a hot topic since even before the sequel's announcement in 2015, yet Sega's first prepared statement on the matter did not come until May the following year, when Sega Europe's YouTube show was bombarded with questions about if and when we'd see the first chapters available on modern platforms.

The answer given then was the answer repeated in August and September: that they'd like to do it, and were investigating the licensing issues that made it complicated, but nothing had yet been greenlit for production.

Fast-forward to the present day, and expectations are at an all-time high for Sega to confirm their commitment to releasing these remasters before Shenmue III arrives. Fans nostalgic for the Dreamcast original and newcomers hoping to experience the saga from the beginning are relying on the IP owners to play their part in a comprehensive revival of the franchise, putting Ys Net's sequel in the best and most natural position to succeed upon launch, thus allowing Sega to capitalize in full with further chapters to complete the story.

This Saturday will be the last opportunity before E3 for Shenmue fans to publicly and collectively remind Sega of these expectations, with the traditional #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon.

By tweeting the hashtag and retweeting other gamers doing the same, we can all keep up the strong visible demand for these remasters. By displaying unity across the community, fans can show Sega that we have not forgotten where it all begins.

This Saturday, more than ever, it's time to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd. Pre-load an AutoTweet on our front page and implore Sega, as E3 approaches, to act without hesitation and do the right thing.

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Campaign News / New character shown, no E3 plans for Shenmue 3
« on: May 29, 2017, 06:58:55 PM »


Ys Net has released a new update on the Shenmue 3 project via Kickstarter and the game's official website.

It includes a video giving us our first look at a new character from the highly anticipated sequel, as the 3D model is put through its paces to test for imperfections.

With so much work going into every detail of the game, the update also confirms that resources aren't being set aside for an E3 presentation.

As much as we'd all like to be blown away by a big new trailer - just as an exclusive group of backers were in September last year, when they were shown footage already months old at the time yet leaps and bounds ahead of anything yet revealed in public - we are perfectly content for Yu Suzuki and his crew to maintain their trademark secrecy until nearer the game's release, when its impact will be fresh in gamers' minds come launch day. For now, the time required to prepare and polish a trailer for mainstream consumption is best spent perfecting the game itself.

As fans our attention at E3 can now focus entirely on Sega, who must seize the moment to announce remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2. The perfect appetizer for fans, and even moreso for newcomers to the series, the sooner these original chapters are available to buy on modern systems the better.

To remind Sega of this, please join in the #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon this Saturday, June 3rd. See the front page for full campaign details, including a method to pre-load an AutoTweet for easy participation on the day!

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Campaign News / New official survey from Sega
« on: May 25, 2017, 07:39:00 AM »


Sega is conducting research for its mobile division with a survey about the franchises players are familiar with and enjoy.

Amongst the many listed options is Shenmue, so regardless of platform, it's another opportunity for fans to keep that name at the front of Sega's mind.

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Campaign News / Shenmue HD rumor from Just Add Water CEO
« on: May 19, 2017, 06:05:58 AM »


For whatever reason, CEO Stewart Gilray of Micro Machines World Series developer Just Add Water has been stoking the forum rumor mill on NeoGAF with the following comments about Shenmue HD:

"Oh, it's real... :-)"

"... or is it?!"

Once word of his comments hit Twitter and he was asked to confirm if the remasters are indeed real, Stewart dropped the playful ambiguity:

"So I hear"

As a result of these statements, Stewart is now cited as a professional source with assumed inside information by news reports in multiple languages.


But in order to assess the value of this rumor, we must consider three possibilities:

a) Stewart knows that Shenmue remasters are on their way.

b) Stewart doesn't actually know, but they are still on their way.

c) Stewart doesn't actually know, and they're not on their way.


So let's examine each of these scenarios one by one:

a) If Stewart knows that he's telling the truth, then he has just betrayed the confidence of whichever industry colleague broke the terms of their nondisclosure agreement with Sega to inform him (or to inform someone else along the gossip chain). By posting his knowledge on a public forum, he has demonstrated casual disregard for another company's secrets and the need for a publisher to manage the release of information in line with its marketing strategy.

That would almost certainly make Just Add Water a less attractive developer to work with in future.


b) Even if Stewart knows nothing of substance and is just putting on a show, perhaps sensing a tradition of baiting Shenmue fans on the GAF for cool points, the consequences will be the same for his company if what he's said turns out to be true by coincidence. Accidentally outing the existence of Sega's project with an uninformed claim that's taken seriously due to his position will look no different in retrospect than if he'd known what he was doing all along. He will be credited/blamed for the "leak," and potential business partners will be wary of trusting him with new projects that require discretion.

So whether intentional or not, if Stewart's claims are seen to be backed up by any forthcoming announcement of Shenmue remasters, he may have cost his company a contract or two that would secure ongoing work for his staff.


c) The remaining possibility - that Stewart was deliberately misleading fans AND no remasters come along to cover for him - doesn't work out well for anybody either. We of course would be without Shenmue HD, while the CEO of Just Add Water would have both his and his company's names attached to verifiably false rumors across the Web.

Whilst not seen to be leaking other companies' secrets, he'd instead be shown up as an Internet troll, earning his studio a poor reputation with fans rather than publishers.


Whichever proves to be the case (if we ever find out), the outcome for Stewart Gilray and Just Add Water is not a positive one. We can't fathom why he thought it was a good idea to say what he did on such a visible platform, but ultimately that's his concern, not ours. What matters to us is whether it's a reliable indicator of progress being made on Shenmue HD.

And we simply don't know.

For the very reason that neither telling the truth nor making it up is a good look for his professional image, we can't determine with any confidence which of these is more likely to be the case. On the surface, both appear insanely irresponsible and shortsighted things to do.

So we are just plain neutral on this one. Though for all intents and purposes, it could be argued that sitting on the fence has the same effect as disregarding the rumor altogether, as we remain in the same state of taking nothing for granted.

And it's with that outlook that we remain focused on a strong push by the fans to #SaveShenmueHD on June 3rd in the monthly Tweetathon, just a week before E3 festivities begin. Even if Stewart is correct and remasters are in the works, we've no guarantee that they'll be released in time for new players to get up to speed before Shenmue 3. The continuation of the story beyond the new sequel hinges on its sales figures, which in turn will be heavily influenced by the availability of those original chapters on current platforms.

So please make plans to join us on Twitter that day for a display of unity with the community, reminding Sega that we not only need those remasters, we need them very soon if Shenmue's past is to really secure its future.

For more campaign details, and to pre-load a tweet for automatic release on June 3rd, check out the front page of this site.

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Campaign News / Sony's Gio Corsi visits Yu Suzuki in Japan
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:52:53 AM »


During his current visit to Tokyo, Sony's Gio Corsi has tweeted his latest in a tradition of photo ops with Shenmue 3 director Yu Suzuki.

As PlayStation's head of Third Party Productions, it was Gio's #BuildingTheList survey that fans leapt upon to secure the company's support in efforts to #SaveShenmue. Being announced on Sony's stage at E3 2015 then enabled Shenmue 3's Kickstarter campaign to break multiple records on the crowdfunding platform, with Sony pledging further support in marketing the game and assisting with production of the PS4 version, allowing more of the fans' donations to be spent on development.

With E3 2017 now on the horizon, many gamers are speculating over whether Shenmue 3 (once codenamed "ramen" by Gio and his team) will make its second appearance during a Sony presentation - not to mention the odds of Shenmue 1 & 2 HD remasters being announced from Sega.

As ever, nothing is for certain and the next Shenmue 3 trailer may yet come in the form of a Kickstarter update or at another event like PlayStation Experience later in the year. This latest Yu-Gio meeting does not confirm anything is planned for E3. But we'll be watching with interest nonetheless.

In the meantime, the community's efforts are focused on June 3rd for the #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon, when - over a year after a statement that the company was "investigating" how to make those remasters happen - all fans are invited to remind Sega what we expect to see from them at E3.

To learn more about the campaign and pre-load a Tweetathon message for automatic release on the day, please visit the front page of TeamYu.net

To pre-order Shenmue 3 on PC or PS4 and contribute to its ongoing development, check out shenmue.link/order

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Campaign News / Nominate Ryo Hazuki as Tekken 7 guest fighter
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:43:00 AM »


Tekken 7 director Katsuhiro Harada is seeking nominations for guest characters to appear in the game as downloadable content. To help boost Ryo Hazuki’s chances of raising Shenmue’s visibility in this mainstream hit fighting franchise, simply reply to Harada’s tweet here.

So far, Kazuma Kiryu, star of the Yakuza series, has been one of the most requested characters. It would certainly be interesting to see both of these Sega warriors collide in the same hand-to-hand combat game in a long-anticipated battle for supremacy.

While Ryo’s spiritual roots are more closely associated with Virtua Fighter, it’s worth stressing that this opportunity to nominate characters does not exist for that game, so there’s nothing to be gained by withholding our support for Ryo on the grounds that we’d “rather see him in Virtua Fighter.” This rare opportunity has come along to put him in a high profile fighting game, so we should take advantage of it while we can.

And though Harada’s Tekken series is commonly seen as a rival to Virtua Fighter, the director has a tremendous respect for Yu Suzuki, as witnessed in a recent joint interview conducted by Japanese gaming site DenFamiNicoGamer, translated in multiple parts by Switch of the Phantom River Stone blog.

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Campaign News / Cédric Biscay comments on Shenmue 3 & HD
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:18:00 AM »


Shenmue 3 co-producer Cédric Biscay of Shibuya Productions has been interviewed by French website ActuGaming, discussing the upcoming sequel and other projects.

On the game's expected release date, Cédric confirmed that while plans may evolve later in development if any last minute problems should arise, at this present time "Shenmue 3 is still scheduled to be released in December 2017."

On the possibility of Sega releasing HD remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2, Cédric gave his opinion that "it seems logical," and that "what we would really like is that they come out before the release of Shenmue 3" to help them with marketing the sequel and enable new players to experience the original chapters before discovering the next part of the story.

Also discussed in the interview is the lateness of Microsoft to the party, withholding its interest until the longstanding risks of reviving the series had all been taken by other companies. Currently, the confirmed platforms for Shenmue 3's release are PC and PlayStation 4.

To pre-order the game on either system, visit shenmue.link/order where you can also pick up a range of other merchandise and contribute towards the game's development budget.

To get involved in the campaign supported by Cédric to #SaveShenmueHD in time for Shenmue 3, check out the front page of our website and participate in the Tweetathon every 3rd of the month.

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