Shenmue 3 has a new trailer and new features

Shenmue 3 has released a lot of good news as it approaches its final days on Kickstarter.

The Shenmue 3 team recently updated its Kickstarter page, as the project reaches its last couple days. The post discussed a new backer reward and released a new trailer showing off what is to come for Shenmue 3.

The trailer, safe to say, looks absolutely gorgeous for a short, 38-second trailer. Although these are just scenes that are still in development, the post states that “Yu Suzuki has sent it with loving care and hopes it will be all that the fans of the series have come to love, and will show those new to the game some of the wonder and magic they can expect from the continually unfolding world of Shenmue.”

The new backer opportunity is that for donating $6,000 the backer will appear in the game as an NPC, specifically at the Choubu Inn. If you have some money to burn and always wanted to be in a video game, this might be your chance. Sadly, they did clarify that these NPCs would definitely not have a fight scene with the protagonist Ryo. Although this offer only applies to four generous people and the project is only active on Kickstarter for about 32 more hours, so better make up your mind quickly.

Something else interesting of note is that the current funds for Shenmue 3 have reached over $5,000,000. This means that a “Character Perspective System” will be added to the final project. The Shenmue 3 Team hasn’t clarified on what this system is, but the fact that the system is only able to happen thanks to raising over $5,000,000 indicates that it'll be something worth our time.

 Shenmue 3's Debut at this years E3

Shenmue 3's Debut at this year's E3

As it reaches its final hours, Shenmue 3 will finish its Kickstarter run as one of the 10 highest funded Kickstarter projects. Clearly with this much support from its fanbase, there is a lot of love for the Shenmue series. The fan’s love for the series is given back in spades with such beautiful visuals and the fact that some of the original cast, particularly Corey Marshall as the voice of Ryo, will be returning for the third installment.

What do you think about Shenmue 3? Leave a comment, as always.


I'm a recent graduate from Kenyon College with an English Major, emphasis in Creative Writing, and a History Minor. I love video games passionately. I love most games, a little iffy on Sport Games. The first game I can remember playing was either Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 or the first Harry Potter computer game. The first console/gaming device I can remember owning was a Gameboy Advance and I loved my Pokemon Silver game to death.

Published Jul. 16th 2015

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