Last summer, Yu Suzuki announced the extension of Shenmue 3’s development amidst a new global publishing deal with Deep Silver, allowing his Ys Net studio to fulfil its greater ambitions for the crowdfunded game.
In response, members of the Shenmue 500K group on Facebook have teamed up for the latest in a tradition of community collages, welcoming Deep Silver into the fold as an integral part of the sequel we’ve all been looking forward to:
Thirty-five fans from fifteen countries make up this collage, each holding a letter they’ve made to spell out their message. The same spirit of international collaboration that helped revive the Shenmue franchise continues to support those actively working to secure its future with the best possible Shenmue 3.
Though spread across the globe, members of the Shenmue 500K community have several times come together in visual form by way of a photo collage, spelling out their sentiments to all involved in securing Shenmue’s future. These collaborations to demonstrate the united will of the fan base have not gone unnoticed by the industry or the press, and now form an important part of the group’s history and identity.
Corey “Ryo Hazuki” Marshall is joined by his cast mates from the Shenmue series in unofficially reprising their roles for this plea to gamers, requesting urgent funds for residents in disaster stricken areas of Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, recently hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
In addition to lives tragically lost, the damage caused by this unprecedented series of storms has destroyed homes, livelihoods, and turned day-to-day living upside-down for many in the affected areas, including members of the Shenmue fan community.
With your help, survivors can make the best of a terrible situation and restore some normality to their world that was changed beyond recognition overnight.
To donate whatever you can spare, please visit OneAmericaAppeal.org, an aid project endorsed by every living former US President, and now the cast of this enduring Dreamcast saga.
Our thanks to all of the voiceover artists for giving their time and their talents to this cause in that distinctive Shenmue style. If you enjoyed their reunion then please reward its purpose, and act without hesitation to do the right thing.
Big congratulations to Dustin Janzen for winning our recent raffle to win a copy of Shenmue II signed by Yu Suzuki himself! Thanks for the picture, Dustin!
The raffle raised money for orphaned kitties at a Japanese animal shelter, as part of the Shenmue Heart of Gold campaign. Major thanks to everyone who took part, and please keep your eyes peeled for future contests announced via this website, the Facebook group, and on our Twitter account.
Right after the release of an in-development teaser video for Shenmue III, Gamescom 2017 in Cologne brought developer Ys Net into the center of a media feeding frenzy, with director Yu Suzuki’s schedule fully booked with interviews that continue to surface on websites of varying languages.
Nonetheless, the legendary creator behind some of Sega’s best loved games (including Virtua Fighter, Out Run, Space Harrier, Daytona USA, and more) still managed to squeeze in two busy Meet & Greet sessions with fans and some exclusive interviews with the Shenmue fan community.
You can already read Shenmue Dojo’s interview on their forum, and another from French site Shenmue Master is on its way. But what follows is the first interview conducted by Shenmue 500K, the series’ largest dedicated Facebook group whose burning questions were crowdsourced from members across the globe.
Relaying these questions on the group’s behalf were Sílvia Vila Tarrés from Barcelona and James Hamill from the UK.
Shenmue 500K finally has a website, and it’s Shenmue500K.net. For the first time in our six-year history, we have somewhere to store the kinds of articles and resources that are easily lost under the hustle and bustle of the Shenmue community’s largest and busiest Facebook group.
Our debut article will be the group’s very first interview with Shenmue III director Yu Suzuki, conducted at Gamescom two weeks ago. The website allows us to format this in a way that just isn’t possible on today’s social media, so we’ll be excited to hear your feedback.
Furthermore, this is YOUR website, so please get in touch with any ideas or proposals you have for new content. Our goal is to provide a platform to the wealth of knowledge and talent that makes this community so terrific.
To this end, the admin team can now be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – or reach out to any of us through existing methods via the Facebook group and Twitter (@shen500k).
Thanks for your support, and don’t forget to bookmark us!