Yu Suzuki Twitter (Q & A)

Question 1)

Can you please explain why there are two different statements about how many chapters (11/16) Shenmue has?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

It is 11 chapters, but with branched story line, it will be more than 11.

Question 2)

I have a #YouaskYu question. Suzuki-sama, at $5 million, exactly how open world will Shenmue 3 be compared to Shenmue 1 & 2?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I’m expecting something similar to Dobuita in terms of scale.

Question 3)

Now that we know Shenmue 3 will not end the Story, do you have a backup plan if it won´t succeed to tell the end?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Gonna have to find a successor I think.

Question 4)

Hello Yu-San will Shenmue have online functionality for example Online arcade High scores or Online 70 man fighting battles?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

It will be a lot of fun, but depends on budget, so still under consideration.

Question 5)

Will you be disappointed if the kickstarter doesn’t raise $10million for that ‘open world experience’?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

No I won’t. I am greatful I have another chance for a new Shenmue. I will do everything I can within the budget.

Question 6)

I’m away on Friday so if I could ask my question now please Yu-San. Will the Tiger scroll translated by Guizang in Shenmue be in Shenmue 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Great idea! I will look into it.

Question 7)

Hi Yu is there any chance we can carry on Pledging after the Kickstarter date has closed?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Thanks for the question, we will look into it. ( Click Here)

Question 8)

Ryo Hazuki’s character model and the others character models, are you going to re-use and generally any other assets from Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I don’t plan on recycling them, but will use the good parts as an reference.

Question 9)

Would love to hear Mandarin voice acting alongside Japanese in Shenmue 3, could we make it stretch goal?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Thank you, it is under consideration.

Question 10)

Why do you think Shenmue did not appeal to the mass audience back then? Would it need to be ‘modernized’ for today?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

One reason may be there were so many new challenges. New challenges this time too. It’s the most important thing.

Question 11)

Can we expect the return of lottery prize in Shenmue 3? May be the first prize can be a figure of Yu Suzuki! I Love Caramel 😉


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Great idea. Thanks. I will need to think about something more appealing than a figure of me.

Question 12)

Will you research latest tech in AI so u can include it in Shenmue 3 to make it a pioneering game like its predecessors?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Yes. I would like to take on some new challenge in terms of technology.

Question 13)

Is there a possibility to film a production process for example motion capture or dubbing, during development of Shenmue 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Yes, we have it and I would like to feature it in an update.

Question 14)

Will Coca Cola join the Party ?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I’m considering collaborations with companies like Coca Cola

Question 15)

Do you have any idea if Sega’s planning on doing a Virtua Fighter 6?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I have not heard about it from SEGA.

Question 16)

What can you tell me of the Three Blades?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Jobs using scissors, razor and knife- barber, cook, and sewer. Skills for jobs with steady demand in any era.

Question 17)

Although a little hint is left in the video Tak Hirai, Ryo he will now be able to jump into Shenemue 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Yes. I am researching the new technology to have more natural motions in Shenmue 3.

Question 18)

My ten year old daughter wants to know if she’ll be able to use the phone at will in Shenmue 3 like she does in Shenmue?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Look forward to it. There will be many nostalgic scenes. Maybe a tin can telephone as well?

Question 19)

If future installments of Shenmue become a possibility will we have the option to bring over save data from 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I have not decided it yet.

Question 20)

Can we expect epic fights like in Kowloon in Shenmue 2 and a similar battle fight system?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

There is “Battle System Expanded” Stretch Goal. It will enhance the battles, better than Shenmue 2.

Question 21)

Will we start Shenmue 3 with some items/skills/scrolls from Shenmue 1+2?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

The platform is different, so unfortunately we can’t do it.

Question 22)

Should we expect any Sega related stuff in Shenmue 3 like arcade games or toy capsules?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

There is a possibility.

Question 23)

Were there any gameplay elements for Shenmue 1 & 2 that had to be cut due to budget constraints?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Yes. I wanted the ramen noodles to get soggy and yucky, but couldn’t. I wanted to get that real.

Question 24)

Will the “Shenmue Trial” be used for feedback to improve the game like Square Enix have with the FF15 demo?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I would definitely want to get feedback, so I’m looking into how to put a system like that in place.

Question 25)

Will there be official kickstarter/Shenmue 3 forums to discuss and give feedback throughout the development process?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I of course would like that and am looking into it.

Question 26)

Will everything be voice acted the same way as 1 and 2? or will budget constraints not allow 100% VO all the time?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Full voice will be possible if we have enough funding.

Question 27)

What’s the I.Q. score of Fukuhara-san?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Maybe something like 86?

Question 28)

I was wondering did you get Ryo Hazuki name from Ryudo Uzaki that was a Japanese musician?


Yu Suzuki Answer:


Question 29)

My question is why is not possible to use (Shenmue Passport) models for the Shenmue 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I’m considering about adding some functions from Shenmue Passport.

Question 30)

Also can we expect custom clothing for Ryo Hazuki it would be great feature to able to style Ryo Hazuki as we want Shenmue3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

There’s a feature on the $250 tier and up to change Ryo’s jacket. Other customizing under consideration

Question 31)

Why the Dragon Mirror was hidden under a cherry tree, a not so safe place like the basement?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Iwao thought the place under Cherry blossom tree was safer.

Question 32)

Why Iwao Hazuki loves the carrots so much?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Yes! Iwao’s most favorite food is carrots! *jokingly*

Question 33)

Where did Ryo got his band aid?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

It didn’t appear in Chp.1, but there was a martial arts event. The scar is from the final match.

Question 34)

What is your favorite movie?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

My favorite 3 are: The Hustler, Casablanca, Roman Holiday. I love Billiards, and I still play it sometimes.

Question 35)

Will Shenmue 3 be compatible with the project Morpheus VR headset for the ultimate second life experience?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I feel that VR offers great possibilities.

Question 36)

Will in Shenmue 3 be a dog to pet call look and feed?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Depends on the budget.

Question 37)

Shenmue’s core plot is basically Hamlet – are you a Shakespeare fan & has that been an influence?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Sorry, but I have not read Hamlet. I know Hamtaro.

Question 38)

Always wondered how Ryo Hazuki , being Japanese, could communicate so easy in China. Can Ryo Hazuki speak Chinese?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Let’s not go there…

Question 39)

Will there be any more dinners offered for the $10,000 tier? I hope more can be added! If not that’s OK. Thank you Suzuki-san! (Peter from Shenmue Dojo)


Yu Suzuki Answer:

We just added them today!

Question 40)

How was your day?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

It is Shenmue Day, so on Twitter with everyone. So many participating, I couldn’t be happier. Rewards sold out! Thanks all!!!

Question 41)

What did you name the kitten?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I think I named her with dog names, like Pochi or Gontaro.

Question 42)

Will we see a Shenmue soda (can be just a can) and what would it taste like?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

If there is any interested beverage firm out there, please contact

Question 43)

Suzuki-san, can you please tell us some little info about Shenhua that the fans don’t already know yet?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

The Shenmue tree’s flower is named Shenhua. She is named after that flower.

Question 44)

Will Ryo learn the value of forgiveness in Shenmue 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

Please play Shenmue 3 for that answer!

Question 45)

Hello Suzuki-san, do you have a rough idea how many people will be in the development team for Shenmue 3?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

It will vary depending on the KS budget.

Question 46)

Since relationships between characters will be more prominent, will we see something like a multiple choice conversation system?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I am thinking about a dialogue selection system.

Question 47)

Please confirm that guns will never be a part of Shenmue 3 gameplay, not for Ryo Hazuki or any other playable character?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I am not thinking about including guns as a weapon at the moment.

Question 48)

Will Ryo Hazuki finally eat and do other bodily functions?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I don’t have plan on implementing it for Shenmue 3.

Question 49)

Why does Ryo have a Saturn under his TV in Shenmue but no games? Was Iwao using the promise of a game for it to focus Ryo?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

That sounds about right. Let’s go with that.

Question 50)

Mr. Suzuki, what is your favorite music to listen to?


Yu Suzuki Answer:

I like Jazz and Rock.

YS: Thank you so much everyone! More happy announcements to come. Hope I can count on your continued support!

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