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Offline Team Yu

Help add Ryo Hazuki to new Sega mobile game
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:36:44 AM »

Here's something all Shenmue fans can do to draw a little more attention to the franchise.

Sega is currently preparing a new mobile game in Japan, and is using the lure of new characters to drive pre-registrations.

Much like Kickstarter projects unlock new stretch goals once certain funding targets are met, this campaign adds new characters once certain numbers pre-register for the game (which is free-to-play).

So far 50,000 people have pre-registered. Sega says that if this number passes 55,000, Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki will be added to the game.

While it's hardly Shenmue HD, putting Ryo in front of thousands or even millions of new eyes (depending on the game's success) will raise awareness of our favorite martial arts student as a character and create interest in the source material. Every little helps in raising Shenmue's stock as a viable, relevant IP in 2018.

Full details are provided by the Phantom River Stone blog. This link explains the pre-registration process that we encourage all Shenmue fans to follow, to boost those numbers and unlock Ryo for a new audience!

Offline Team Yu

Re: Help add Ryo Hazuki to new Sega mobile game
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 09:26:00 PM »

Help us all get Ryo into a new SEGA mobile game, and introduce newbies to the star of Shenmue in time for Shenmue III!

Just take a quick moment to carry out one or, if you can, both of these steps:

1) Follow (official account for the game).

2) Enter your email address on this Sega website, uncheck the boxes, and hit the green button.

Once enough people have done so (each step counts separately), Ryo Hazuki will be added to the game's roster of characters. This is a promotional incentive offered by the developers, who already had 50,000 fans registering their interest in the game and require an extra 5,000 to unlock Ryo. Challenge accepted!

If you'd like more information on the game, check out the Phantom River Stone blog (and look out for the contest to win an official Shenmue Yokosuka guide map while you're there!)

Offline Team Yu

Re: Help add Ryo Hazuki to new Sega mobile game
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2018, 10:23:00 PM »

If you've been sick of us yammering on about pre-registrations for Sega's upcoming mobile game Kotodaman, we can at least say that it was worth it. Because thanks to your efforts and those of gamers around the world (particularly, we must imagine, in Japan), the developer's target of 55,000 pre-registrations has been surpassed, meaning Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki now joins the roster of characters in this word puzzle game.

Congratulations to Shenmue fans everywhere, whose willingness to participate in this incentive now ensures more players will become familiar with Shenmue's lead protagonist and therefore, we hope, become more likely to take an interest in Shenmue III and the need to #SaveShenmueHD.

If you're still feeling productive and want to help the cause further, then be sure to activate your customized AutoTweet at for the monthly Tweetathon. This allows peace of mind that you'll never miss the event on the 3rd of each month.

The next Sega character being dangled in front of gamers for Kotodaman is another Yu Suzuki creation familiar to all Shenmue fans: the jetpack wearing hero of Space Harrier. If the pre-registration tally reaches 60,000, he'll join Ryo in the mobile game.

Offline Team Yu

Re: Help add Ryo Hazuki to new Sega mobile game
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2018, 06:42:00 PM »
It's now been confirmed that if you'd like your Twitter display name to appear in the credits of the game, all you have to do is follow the official account at before release.

More information on the Phantom River Stone blog.