The following is a transcript of questions answered by Yu Suzuki yesterday on Twitter. The transcript was posted by user ‘ShenmueDojo’ on Neogaf.
Q: Can you please explain why there are two different statements about how many chapters (11 / 16) Shenmue has?
YS: It is 11 chapters, but with branched story line, it will be more than 11.
Q: I have a #YouaskYu question. Suzuki-sama, at $5 million, exactly HOW open world will Shenmue 3 be, compared to Shenmue 1/2? Arigatou!
YS: I’m expecting something similar to Dobuita in terms of scale.
Q: 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?
YS: Gonna have to find a successor I think.
Q: Hello Yu-San will Shenmue have online functionality for example Online arcade Highscores or Online 70 man fighting battles?
YS: It will be a lot of fun, but depends on budget, so still under consideration.
Q: Will you be disappointed if the kickstarter doesn’t raise $10mill for that ‘open world experience’?
YS: No I won’t. I am greatful I have another chance for a new Shenmue. I will do everything I can within the budget.
Q: ‘m away on friday so if I could ask my question now please Yu-San. Will the Tiger scroll translated by Guizang in 1 be in 3?
YS: Great idea! I will look into it.
Q: Hi Yu is there any chance we can carry on Pledging after the Kickstarter date has closed?
YS: Thanks for the question, we will look into it.
Q: Ryo Hazuki’s model and others, are you going to reuse models and generally assets from Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2?
YS: I don’t plan on recycling them, but will use the good parts as an reference.
Q: Would love to hear Mandarin voice acting alongside Japanese in #Shenmue3, could we make it stretch goal?
YS: Thank you, it is under consideration.
Q: Why do you think Shenmue didn’t appeal to the mass audience back then? Would it need to be ‘modernized’ for today?
YS: One reason may be there were so many new challenges. New challenges this time too. It’s the most important thing.
Q: 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 😉
YS: Great idea. Thanks. I will need to think about something more appealing than a figure of me.
Q: Will u research latest tech in AI so u can include it in shenmue 3 to make it a pioneering game like its predecessors?
YS: Yes. I would like to take on some new challenge in terms of technology.
Q: Is there a possibility to film a production process for example motion capture or dubbing, during development of Shenmue 3?
YS: Yes, we have it and I would like to feature it in an update.
Q :Will Coca Cola join the Party ?
YS: I’m considering collaborations with companies like Coca Cola
Q: Do you have any idea if Sega’s planning on doing a Virtua Fighter 6?
YS: I have not heard about it from SEGA.
Q: What can you tell me of the three blades?
YS: Jobs using scissors, razor and knife- barber, cook, and sewer. Skills for jobs with steady demand in any era.
Q: Although a little hint is left in the video Tak Hirai, Ryo he will now be able to jump into Shenemue 3?
YS: Yes. I am researching the new technology to have more natural motions in Shenmue 3.
Q: 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?
YS: Look forward to it. There will be many nostalgic scenes. Maybe a tin can telephone as well?
Q: If future installments of Shenmue become a possibility will we have the option to bring over save data from 3?
YS: I have not decided it yet.
Q: Can we expect epic fights like in Kowloon in Shenmue 2 and a similar battle fight system?
YS: There is “Battle System Expanded” Stretch Goal. It will enhance the battles, better than Shenmue 2.
Q: Will we start Shenmue 3 with some items/skills/scrolls from Shenmue 1+2?
YS: The platform is different, so unfortunately we can’t do it.
Q: Should we expect any Sega related stuff in Shenmue 3 like arcade games or toy capsules?
YS: There is a possibility.
Q: Were there any gameplay elements for Shenmue 1 and 2 that had to be cut due to budget constraints?
YS: Yes. I wanted the ramen noodles to get soggy and yucky, but couldn’t. I wanted to get that real.
Q: Will the “Shenmue Trial” be used for feedback to improve the game like Square Enix have with the FF15 demo?
YS: I would definitely want to get feedback, so I’m looking into how to put a system like that in place.
Q: Will there be official kickstarter/Shenmue 3 forums to discuss and give feedback throughout the development process?
YS: I of course would like that and am looking into it.
Q: Will everything be voice acted the same way as 1 and 2? or will budget constraints not allow 100% VO all the time?
YS: Full voice will be possible if we have enough funding.
Q: What’s the I.Q. score of Fukuhara-san?
YS: Maybe something like 86?
Q: I was wondering did you get Ryo Hazuki name from Ryudo Uzaki that was a Japanese musician?
Q: My question is why is not possible to use (Shenmue Passport) models for the Shenmue 3?
YS: I’m considering about adding some functions from Shenmue Passport.
Q: Also can we expect custom clothing for Ryo Hazuki it would be great feature to able to style Ryo Hazuki as we want Shenmue3?
YS: There’s a feature on the $250 tier and up to change Ryo’s jacket. Other customizing under consideration
Q: Why the Dragon Mirror was hidden under a cherry tree, a not so safe place like the basement?
YS: Iwao thought the place under Cherry blossom tree was safer.
Q: Why Iwao Hazuki loves the carrots so much?
YS: Yes! Iwao’s most favorite food is carrots! *jokingly*
Q: Where did Ryo got his band aid?
YS: It didn’t appear in Chp.1, but there was a martial arts event. The scar is from the final match.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
YS: My favorite 3 are: The Hustler, Casablanca, Roman Holiday. I love Billiards, and I still play it sometimes.
Q: Will Shenmue 3 be compatible with the project Morpheus VR headset for the ultimate second life experience?
YS: I feel that VR offers great possibilities.
Q: Will in Shenmue 3 be a dog to pet call look and feed?
YS: Depends on the budget.
Q: Shenmue’s core plot is basically Hamlet – are you a Shakespeare fan & has that been an influence?
YS: Sorry, but I have not read Hamlet. I know Hamtaro.
Q: Always wondered how ryo , being Japanese, could communicate so easy in China. Can ryo speak Chinese?
YS: Let’s not go there…
Q: 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)
YS: We just added them today!
Q: How was your day?
YS: It is Shenmue Day, so on Twitter with everyone. So many participating, I couldn’t be happier. Rewards sold out! Thanks all!!!
Q: What did YU name the kitten?
YS: I think I named her with dog names, like Pochi or Gontaro.
Q: Will we see a shenmue soda (can be just a can) and what would it taste like?
YS: If there is any interested beverage firm out there, please contact YS.net.
Q: Suzuki-san, can you please tell us some little info about Shenhua that the fans don’t already know yet?
YS: The Shenmue tree’s flower is named Shenhua. She is named after that flower.
Q: Will Ryo learn the value of forgiveness in Shenmue 3?
YS: Please play Shenmue 3 for that answer!
Q: Hello Suzuki-san, do you have a rough idea how many people will be in the development team for Shenmue 3?
YS: It will vary depending on the KS budget.
Q: Since relationships between characters will be more prominent, will we see something like a multiple choice conversation system?
YS: I am thinking about a dialogue selection system.
Q: Please confirm that guns will never be a part of Shenmue gameplay, not for Ryo or any other playable character?
YS: I am not thinking about including guns as a weapon at the moment.
Q: Will Ryo finally eat and do other bodily functions?
YS: I don’t have plan on implementing it for S3.
Q: Why does Ryo have a Saturn under his tv in Shenmue 1 but no games? Was Iwao using the promise of a game for it to focus Ryo?
YS: That sounds about right. Let’s go with that.
Q: Mr. Suzuki, what is your favorite music to listen to?
YS: I like Jazz and Rock.
YS: Thank you so much everyone! More happy announcements to come. Hope I can count on your continued support!