Creator of Kickstarter Success “Shenmue III” Announces: We Have Now Entered the Final Phases of R&D

Yu Suzuki, the creator of the highly anticipated Kickstarter-funded video game, Shenmue III, recently gave an update on the game’s progress, including more details about the PC version’s website access issues.

Shenmue 3 4Suzuki and his team at Ys Net debuted the video game on Kickstarter in summer 2015, with a mission to raise $2 million for the game’s development and launch. During its run, the campaign successfully secured over $6,333,295 from 69,320 backers. Shenmue III is described as the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue II.  The game’s story reads:

“Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father’s killer. There he meets a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learns of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together. The story continues as Ryo and Shenhua start off on a new journey that will take them farther into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny.”

In his recent update, Suzuki stated that he and his team are making great progress with the game’s development and backer rewards:

Shenmue 3 2“We have been giving it our all this past year getting ready to put the game together, but we were also able fulfill the Dinner Rewards with Yu-san in Monaco, Kamakura and San Francisco. While we may not be able to meet with all you wonderful backers, those events were valuable and enriching experiences we are proud to be able to share with you.


“On the production side, we have now entered the final phases of R&D which has allowed us to slowly, but surely, show some of the different game elements and features. Marching along into 2017, we hope to show more of these different elements, along with the increasing depth of the world of Shenmue.”

Shenmue 3 1Suzuki also discussed the glitch with the PC release on

After the announcement of the PC release on the Slacker Backer page, site access became restricted due to the large amount of traffic. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. Cries of joy and pain simultaneously went up by the developers from your response to the announcement. We never fail to be moved by your hopes and expectations. Thank you so much!”

Shenmue III is set to be released in December 2017 for both PlayStation 4.

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