I just published a new article, Sonic the Hedgehog and Me. It details my own personal history with the franchise in honor of it’s 24th anniversary. I hope you enjoy it.
Site news on this front page has been fairly quiet. I’ve been posting the majority of updates on the forums here. I’ve been a busy beaver and just didn’t feel like spamming the main site or social media feeds with every little update.
Also, be sure to follow our forum thread for Shenmue 3 news. I only want to post the major stuff on the main page for the same reason.
Fans of Hi☆sCoool! Seha Girls and the Sega Saturn will probably want to check out this adorable SeHa Girl: Sega Saturn Neondoroid figure. Due out in December of 2015 from Good Smile Company for the price of ¥4,444 (roughly $36 USD right now), this figure comes complete with her own Sega Saturn. The possibility of posing her playing with it really piqued my interest.
AmiAmi is offering preorders with a 23% discount, which you can do here.
It was announced on the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter page that Yu Suzuki will be holding a Reddit IAmA tonight at 9:30PM PST. That’s 4:30AM GMT, for people elsewhere in the world.
For those unfamiliar with the Reddit standard, an IAmA is essentially a free-for-all question and answer event. You have to register for a free account and then you’ll be able to post any question you can think of. They are often used to promote upcoming products, so I’m sure the focus will be on the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. However, you never know which questions will be answered by Suzuki and his people. Maybe someone will get a Virtua Fighter question answered?
As we mentioned on our previous post, Yu Suzuki will be on Reddit tomorrow, 6/19, starting around 9:30 PST. This is your chance to ask the man anything – bring us your burning questions and Yu-san will do his best to answer!
From Siliconera comes news of an interview with Yu Suzuki in this week’s Famitasu. Here are the interesting bits from their article.
“200 million yen (around $2 million) for starters,” responds Suzuki. “That said, 200 million yen is the minimum required amount in order to make the game. If we happen to collect more funds, then we’ll add more things that we’ve been wanting to add to it.”
Famitsu then ask what kind of open world one can expect to see in Shenmue III.
“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,” says Suzuki. “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.”
He continues, “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.”
Finally, Yu Suzuki shared more on ideas he has for Shenmure III’s QTE (Quick Time Event) system.
“I’d like to present a new QTE. Something elaborate, yet easily playable by just about anyone,” says Suzuki. “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.”
Shenmue III is in development for PC and PlayStation 4. Yu Suzuki also says that he’s been thinking of a way to add the forklift mini-game into Shenmue III.
Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference contained what is likely to be the biggest surprise of the entire convention. The screen cut to black and the music queued up. Oh, tell us this isn’t a horrible practical joke, some of us thought!
Just like that – out of nowhere, there was a Kickstarter to help fund Shenmue III for the PC and Playstation 4. After 14 years of waiting for anything substantial, there was real hope on the horizon.
How did the community react? BY FREAKING OUT!
Shenmue III became the fastest game to reach $1 million dollars on Kickstarter. A few hours after it’s announcement and it’s approaching being 75% funded, with the better part of 30 days left to go. As of right now, the average backer ponied up $85 each. All of the $10,000 reward tiers are already claimed!
The current release date is scheduled for December 2017, roughly 2 and a half years away. We urge everyone who is passionate about Shenmue to pledge towards the Kickstarter and help make this game as big as possible.
More information and media will be posted as it comes. Expect us to follow this game very closely!
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Shenmue 3 Kickstarter!
Yu Suzuki is bringing Shenmue 3 out to PS4 and PCs worldwide! The game is fully funded, but this is our opportunity to not only make it better but get some exclusive rewards!