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Shenmue III
System(s): PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Steam, Epic Games Store
Publisher:
Sony PlayStation 4
Steam
Deep Silver
Windows PC
Shibuya Productions
Developer:
Distributor:
Sony PlayStation 4
Limited Run Games (LRG Collector's Edition)
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Português
  • 中文
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Windows PC
    US
    Sony PlayStation 4
    JP
    ¥6,980 (7,678) PLJM-16521
    1035643INJPN
    CERO: B
    Sony PlayStation 4
    JP
    (Day 1 Edition)
    ¥6,980 (7,678) PLJM-16486
    1035636INJPN
    CERO: B
    Sony PlayStation 4
    JP
    ¥6,980 (7,678) CUSA-16491
    CERO: B
    Sony PlayStation 4
    JP
    (Digital Deluxe)
    ¥8,780 (9,658) CUSA-16491
    CERO: B
    Sony PlayStation 4
    US
    1033288INUSA
    ESRB: Teen
    Sony PlayStation 4
    US
    (Kickstarter Edition)
    1033288INUSA
    ESRB: Teen
    Sony PlayStation 4
    US
    (LRG Collector's Edition)
    $99.99
    Sony PlayStation 4
    US
    $59.99 CUSA-12289
    ESRB: Teen
    Sony PlayStation 4
    US
    (Digital Deluxe)
    $74.99 CUSA-12289
    ESRB: Teen
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Kickstarter Edition)
    1033127ININT
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Limited Edition)
    €79.90
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Promo)
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Day 1 Edition ES/IT)
    1024052INIES
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Collector's Edition ES/IT)
    1032651OCIES
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Day 1 Edition)
    CUSA-12257
    1024064ININT
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Collector's Edition)
    1032654OCINT
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    €59.99 CUSA-12257
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    (Digital Deluxe)
    €74.99 CUSA-12257
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    DE
    (Day 1 Edition)
    1024049INGER
    USK: 12
    Sony PlayStation 4
    DE
    (Collector's Edition)
    1032650OCGAS
    USK: 12
    Sony PlayStation 4
    DE
    €59.99 CUSA-12257
    USK: 12
    Sony PlayStation 4
    DE
    (Digital Deluxe)
    €74.99 CUSA-12257
    USK: 12
    Sony PlayStation 4
    FR
    (Day 1 Edition)
    1024054INFRA
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    FR
    (Collector's Edition)
    1032652OCFRA
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    UK
    (Day 1 Edition)
    1024056INUKV
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    UK
    (Collector's Edition)
    CUSA-12257
    1032653OCUKV
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    UK
    £54.99 CUSA-12257
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    UK
    (Digital Deluxe)
    £69.99 CUSA-12257
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    AU
    1033135INAUS
    OFLC: M
    Sony PlayStation 4
    AU
    (Day 1 Edition)
    1024072INAUS
    OFLC: M
    Sony PlayStation 4
    AU
    (Collector's Edition)
    1032654OCINT
    OFLC: M
    Sony PlayStation 4
    AU
    $84.95 CUSA-12257
    OFLC: M
    Sony PlayStation 4
    AU
    (Digital Deluxe)
    $107.95 CUSA-12257
    OFLC: M
    Sony PlayStation 4
    CA
    1033290INCAN
    ESRB: Teen
    Sony PlayStation 4
    HK
    HK$439.00 CUSA-16480
    Sony PlayStation 4
    HK
    (Digital Deluxe)
    HK$559.00 CUSA-16480
    Sony PlayStation 4
    KR
    ₩70,000 CUSA-16480
    GRB: 15
    Sony PlayStation 4
    KR
    (Digital Deluxe)
    ₩89,800 CUSA-16480
    GRB: 15
    Sony PlayStation 4
    TW
    (Day 1 Edition)
    GSRR: 15+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    TW
    NT$1,790 CUSA-16480
    GSRR: 15+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    TW
    (Digital Deluxe)
    NT$2,280 CUSA-16480
    GSRR: 15+
    Epic Games Store
    US
    ESRB: Teen
    Epic Games Store
    US
    (Deluxe Edition)
    ESRB: Teen
    Epic Games Store
    UK
    £44.99
    PEGI: 16+
    Epic Games Store
    UK
    (Deluxe Edition)
    £57.98
    PEGI: 16+
    Steam
    US
    878670
    Steam
    EU
    878670

    Shenmue III (シェンムー III) is an adventure game for the PlayStation 4 game console and PC platforms. It is the sequel to Shenmue II, and was produced and directed by Yu Suzuki of Ys Net. The game was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign run by Ys Net and Shibuya Productions.

    Story

    The complete story of Shenmue has been laid out over a number of chapters, which are not referenced in the games themselves but have been mentioned by Suzuki and are used in guides to the games as a way to break down the narrative to key moments and locations.

    Shenmue tells the first chapter of the series, the second chapter takes place during Ryo's boat ride to Hong Kong which is elaborated upon in a digital comic book included as an extra in the Xbox version of Shenmue II. Shenmue II tells the third, fourth and fifth chapters. Shenmue III will tell chapters six and beyond, picking up immediately after the previous game. It is unknown if the series will end with the third game and it is unknown how many chapters Shenmue III will contain.

    Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father's killer. At the end of, Shenmue II Ryo had met Shenhua who told him of a legend from her village that foretold of their meeting. Shenmue III continues Ryo and Shenhua's journey together as they traverse farther into enemy territory, uncovering new mysteries and bringing them closer to their destiny.

    Will the mystery of the mirrors be revealed? How is Ryo’s father connected to all of this? Will Ryo track down the Chi You Men cartel and face Lan Di in a final showdown?

    Gameplay

    Shenmue III is said to have familiar elements to past titles in the series, and new fight mechanics. If Kickstarter stretch goals are met, the game will feature a Rapport System and a Skill Tree System. Technique Scrolls will play an important role in the game, and will be obtained through mini-games, betting games, and shops. Technique Scrolls will be instantly mastered, meaning unlike past games, practice will not be necessary.

    Quick-time event (QTE) sequences will return. In an interview with Famitsu, Suzuki elaborated on how QTE will work in the game saying “I’d like to present a new QTE. Something elaborate, yet easily playable by just about anyone. Instead of simply winning by pressing buttons in a timely manner, I’d like to make something that will have people win fights by making correct judgements.”

    Three areas of the game have been revealed: Baisha, Choubu and Bailu Village. The inclusion and size of these areas are dependent on Kickstarter stretch goals being met. On the subject of an open world, Suzuki had this to say: “Everyone must be thinking that we’ll expand the open world more, but I’ve been deeply questioning whether or not to do that instead. If we were to have 100 characters and split the budget among them, we’d be limited in terms of what we could do with each one; however, if we were to split that budget among just 10 characters, we could do a lot more with them. For example, we could set a parameter for Ling Shen Hua, then we could have it change her attitude depending on the conversations, or the way one proceeds through quests. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be an open world game. A stretch goal on Kickstarter will determine the expansion of the city.”[24]

    It is unknown if the game will have English dubbing. The game's reveal video features a scenario with English voices, however this may be only for presentation purposes. Japanese voice acting is confirmed as the Japanese voice actor for Ryo Hazuki, Masaya Matsukaze, is listed in the production credits. The game will feature English, German, French, Spanish and Italian subtitles.

    Achievements

    Main article: Shenmue III/Achievements.

    History

    Development

    The high production costs and repeated delays of Shenmue and Shenmue II meant that a third Shenmue game for the Sega Dreamcast was never officially announced. Having originally been envisioned as a single product, Shenmue was split in two during 1999[25], and while Yu Suzuki had plans for sequels, it is not thought any significant amount of post-planning work was made on (what became) a "part 3". Nevertheless, 11 and later 16[26] chapters of the Shenmue saga had been outlined, and while the number was reduced to 7 prior to the first game's launch[27], Shenmue II ended on a cliffhanger, suggesting more was to come.

    Ultimately financial issues, internal restructuring (including the 2004 merge with Sammy) and a shift in focus away from console hardware development led to any Shenmue III projects being cancelled. No Shenmue product had ever recouped its production costs, and when the Xbox port of Shenmue II again sold less than hoped, it can be assumed Sega were not keen in persuing any Shenmue-related projects in the near future. Yu Suzuki's time was instead spent on Virtua Fighter 4 and OutRun 2, before forming DigitalRex in 2003.

    Shenmue Saturn footage of Ryo and Shenhua helping an injured deer.

    When footage of the Sega Saturn build of Shenmue emerged on the internet, some scenes are present which do not occur in either Shenmue nor Shenmue II, suggesting they may have been desgined for Shenmue III. Aside from this, no information about a third game was ever released to the public, other than vague statements about it possibly appearing on the Xbox console at some point. Yu Suzuki's departure from Sega in 2009 seemed to confirm that the game would never be made, as Sega continued to own the intellectual property rights and only Yu Suzuki was thought to have a clear vision for the franchises' future.

    Over the years, Suzuki continued to speculate on what Shenmue III would contain. In 2014, Suzuki stated that III would likely not be the last Shenmue game, ideally wanting to end with "Shenmue V" but more likely ending with part 4[28].

    After many years of silence, Sony Computer Entertainment of America's VP of Publisher & Developer Relations, Adam Boyes walked onto the stage of Sony's E3 2015 press conference and announced, to a very surprised audience, that Shenmue III was in development. The game was to be partially funded via crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and following an announcement trailer, Boyes was joined on stage by Yu Suzuki, and the two counted down to the Kickstarter's launch. Suzuki then addressed the audience, saying "Today is very exciting, I hope we can make Shenmue III for all the fans. Thank you so much."

    Sony Computer Entertainment was to provide additional funding and development assistance through Sony's third party production team, while Sega had granted Yu Suzuki's company, Ys Net the rights to use the Shenmue III license. The Kickstarter campaign ultimately raised $6,333,295 USD from 69,320 backers, setting a new record for Kickstarter video game projects. Shenmue III was later picked up by Deep Silver for publishing.

    Downloadable content

    Title and description Links Releases
    Complete DLC Collection
    Sony PlayStation 4
    JP
    2019-11-19[29]
    ¥1,773 (1,950)
    CERO: B
    Sony PlayStation 4
    US
    2019-11-19[30]
    $14.99
    ESRB: Teen
    Sony PlayStation 4
    UK
    2019-11-19[31]
    £11.99
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    AU
    2019-11-19[32]
    $22.95
    OFLC: M
    Sony PlayStation 4
    EU
    2019-11-19[33]
    €14.99
    PEGI: 16+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    DE
    2019-11-19[34]
    €14.99
    USK: 12
    Sony PlayStation 4
    KR
    2019-11-19[35]
    ₩19,800
    GRB: 15
    Sony PlayStation 4
    TW
    2019-11-19[36]
    NT$490
    GSRR: 15+
    Sony PlayStation 4
    HK
    2019-11-19[37]
    HK$119.00

    Production credits

    • Producer/Director/Game Story: Yu Suzuki
    • Co-Producer: Cedric Biscay
    • Creative Director: Tak Hirai
    • Script: Masahiro Yoshimoto
    • Main Character Design: Kenji Miyawaki
    • Music: Ryuji Iuchi
    • Architecture: Manabu Takimoto
    • Animation Producer: Hiroaki Takeuchi
    • Video Director: Kenji Itoso
    • Coordination/Communication/Media Relations/Kickstarter Project Consultation and Support: Awesome Japan
    • Cast: Masaya Matsukaze (Ryo Hazuki)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    PlayStation 4 version

    PlayStation 4, JP
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, JP (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, JP (Sample)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, US
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, US (Kickstarter Edition)
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    Cover
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    Case cover
    PlayStation 4, US (LRG Collector's Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, EU (promo)
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    Cover
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    Disc
    PlayStation 4, EU (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
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    Disc
    PlayStation 4, EU (Collector's Edition)
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    Disc
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    Case cover
    PlayStation 4, EU (Limited Edition)
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    PlayStation 4, UK (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, UK (Collector's Edition)
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    PlayStation 4, UK (Kickstarter Edition)
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    Cover
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    Case cover
    PlayStation 4, FR (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, FR (Collector's Edition)
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    PlayStation 4, DE (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, DE (Collector's Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, ES/IT (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, ES/IT (Collector's Edition)

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    PlayStation 4, AU
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, AU (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, AU (Collector's Edition)
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    PlayStation 4, CA
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, TW (Day 1 Edition)
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    Cover
    PlayStation 4, ?? (Steelbook)
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    Cover

    External links

    References

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    Shenmue series of games
    Sega Dreamcast
    What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue II (2001)
    Xbox
    Shenmue II (2002)
    Windows PC
    Shenmue Online (Unreleased) | Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
    Mobile phone
    Shenmue City (2010)
    Sony PlayStation 4
    Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
    Xbox One
    Shenmue I & II (2018)
    Shenmue Characters
    Ryo Hazuki
    Shenmue related media
    Music
    "Shenmue"/"Shenhua" (1998) | "Shenhua: Jiang Qing Ri Bao Hua Ge" (1999) | Shenmue Orchestra Version (1999) | "You're My Only: Shenmue no Sasayaki" (1999) | Shenmue JukeBox (1999) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Original Sound Track (2000) | Shenmue (2015)
    Book
    Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Kanzen Seiha no Sho (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Complete Guide (2000) | Official Shenmue Perfect Guide (2000) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue (2000) | Shenmue II Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Kanzen Kouryaku Shinsho (2001) | Shenmue II Premiere Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Guide Book (2001) | Shenmue II Complete Guide (2001) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue II (2002)
    Film
    What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue: The Movie (2001) | Shenmue: The Movie II (200x)