This transcript originates from a post by user ‘Peter’ on Shenmuedojo, translation is due to Capsule Toy Maniac.
Bryan Figueroa – Considering how the Twitch video helped raise funds, are you willing to do another one before the Kickstarter ends?
YS: I would like to do Twitch and Reddit session again.
#SAVESHENMUE III – What is your worst fear when making a game?
YS: Creating new elements. hard to tell if it will work. Enhance by simplifying. If not, need to add more elements.
RiGoRmOrTiS UK – Will Shenmue 3 start in the cave? I want the satisfaction of leaving it myself! don’t skip the moment!
YS: Either from Shenhua’s house, or the road leading up to Bailu Village.
RiGoRmOrTiS UK – Ryo’s jacket looks too neat and tidy, will it be changed to look closer to Shenmue 1 & 2?
YS: I’m thinking the same. I want it to be more worn out and fits more to Ryo. Brand new jacket doesn’t fit.
ThePhantomPain = suzuki-san is it possible to maybe play darts & other mini games online against fellow shenmue fans in shenmue 3?
YS: It’s one of the things I want to do, but we can’t do it all, so still thinking.
#SaveShenmue – who would win in a race, Hang-On motorcycle vs. Out Run car?
YS: Definitely the bike. He can’t lose to some joyrider with a girl in the passenger seat. or The not caught by police.
#SaveShenmue – what is your favourite Japanese food/dish to eat?
ThePhantomPain – Hi suzuki-san if all goes to plan when will we see first gameplay footage of shenmue 3?
YS: The footage of final version will come out sometime in 2017
LEISURE GAMING – Will Shenmue 3 have controller support? I can’t play with the keyboard and need a console controller to game on pc.
YS: I’m still thinking about what would be the best.
Barnaby Panton – What will be in the art book? Will it be art just from Shenmue III, or will it be art from all the Shenmue games?
YS: I’m want to hear requests and comments from you about what we will include.
#SAVESHENMUE III – Any chance to see Hamtaro as a cameo in Shenmue 3?
DO IT! – Will you draw new trailer for help the KS?
YS: Yes we are planning to publish it. Please check our KS page frequently.
Hibiki Rush – Did you base any of the Shenmue characters on people you knew in real life?
YS: Some of the characters are based on the team: Takimoto-san, Takeuchi-san, Hirai-san and Miyawaki-san.
シェンムー好きな人 – Does the Ryo call Goro?
YS: I like Goro, but I don’t know how popular he is among the fans…
Sumio Kodai – And will we be seeing the classic QTEs style return with the flashing icons?
YS: Yes I would like to implement it. I want it to be cooler than Shenmue 1 and 2.
Rob Townsend – If you could create a spin-off game based around a character other than Ryo, who would you choose?
YS: I think it would be Ren. He grows from a rogue to the head of the HK Heavens. His fate is then changed by Ryo completely.
Neo Zeed – Please explain the High Ground Battle System stretch goal for #Shenmue3?
YS: It enables Ryo to have more interaction with his surroundings. I think it will be fun to increase the reaction chains.
シェ ンムー3発表やったね。 – Will there be a reappearance from Hiroshi Fujioka (Iwao Hazuki) who joined in on the Shenmue Gai announcement. I’d like to see his younger self and what he did.
YS: The other day Hiroshi Fujioka sent me some Fujioka coffee.
Mr Metal Gear – would you consider cel shading ONLY for the characters (Ico/Sotc/Last Guardian) to make it look more closer to the artworks?
YS: To fully express the nostalgia from S1 and S2, I’m not planning to use it.
Chris Redfield – where does your interest in Chinese culture come from?
YS: Its the romance of Chinese martial arts and Chinese history.
#SAVESHENMUE III – Why Niao Sun’s breasts are so large?
YS: 98cm. You do the math.
Alberto Hdez. Sande – is it safe to assume that the CGi renders from Shenmue 1/2 are the intended final look for the character models?
YS: The models will have better quality than Shenmue 2
naflo – Could DLC be provided for Shenmue III ? any plan for additional contents after the release ?
YS: It’s under consideration.
Chris Benn – Any chance of seeing a playable Virtua Fighter arcade machine in Shenmue 3?
YS: Shenmue starts around 1986 where full-polygon games do not exist, so what should I do….
Chris Redfield – Sometimes are you not annoyed that the interest of your fans mainly concerns shenmue, to the detriment of your other works?
YS: Not at all, but hope for questions about my other games. Before the KS, 80% of q’s were Shenmue/10% Virtua Fighter/other 10%
Resnate – What are the 3 wishes @ $1400 tier? Will we see more jujutsu in #Shenmue3? What is AI Battling + High Ground Battle?
YS: Not decided, now its “strength”, “more money”, and “be popular with girls”. It’s the wishes of you backers, not Ryo.
Ming Ming – if the funding dosnt make 9M in 8 days, will we see a part time job anyway?
YS: Even if funding does not reach 9M there will be part time jobs. How many is still a secret.
#SAVESHENMUE III – Will Ryo shoot fireballs in Shenmue 3 like he did in the trailer of Shenmue Online?
YS: In Shenmue 3, the scenarios will follow very realistic moves.
#SAVESHENMUE III – Except from cows cats dogs birds fishes, what new animals can we expect in Shenmue 3?
YS: There are scenes set in Chinese mountain roads, so I want to have animals that fit the scenes. No spoilers here.
Nicolas Zurini – how did you consider using Unreal Engine 4 instead of other middleware (Unity for example)? What were the criteria?
YS: It was the color. I believe UE4 could express the “shenmue color”. The atmosphere, the humidity, a world with “smell”
Adam Brooks – Yu, if Ryo was based on Akira was Lan-Di based roughly on Lau Chan?
YS: Lan Di uses the same martial arts Lau, but the character and the background setting are very different.
さ つき@フェリシー – Since the hardware is different for Shenmue 3 we won’t be able to transfer the save. Will that mean that moves like the brawling uppercut won’t make an appearance? I ask because when going from Shenmue 1 to 2 I was sad to realize that the tornado kick was overwritten. I’m really looking forward for the launch of Shenmue 3.
YS: I’ll think about adding Brawling uppercut and Tornado kick.
キ リ – Which version do you recomend for someone who as neither of the two systems? Will there be any differences between PC and PS4?
YS: Both the PS4 version and the PC version will take advantage of the respective advantages of the hardware. So it doesn’t matter which you buy.
サワ @祝！シェンムー復活 – I love Shenmue but I’m terrible at playing games. The only reason I was able to finish the game was because the difficulty level dropped since I failed so much. Will there be a system to help me in Shenmue III too? (please!)
YS: Definitely! There will be a variable difficulty level so that new players that don’t know about Shenmue will be able to play.
Shaun Hastings – How did Joy and Ren become friends? Also I wonder how Guizhang would get along with Ren if they were to meet through Joy somehow?
YS: I think Joy and Ren are a good duo.
Hibiki Rush – Did any specific martial arts movies inspire you when creating the Shenmue story?
YS: Yes. Of course books on Chinese martial arts as well as Jakie Chen and Bruce Lee. I still watch HK Kungfu movies.
Hibiki Rush – Did any specific martial arts movies inspire you when creating the Shenmue story?
YS: The good and bad parts from Hong Kong B movies were the most helpful. JC&BL are complicated, hard to break moves down
芳賀 勇治 – Will you show something at Tokyo Game Show and events like that?
YS: As for this year’s TGS it’s undecided.
こんぶ – Will Ryo and Shenhua stay in the same room at the inns in Shenmue 3?
YS: That depends on the vacancy of Choubu Inn. (Translation)
Chris El-Sharawy – have you seen this incredible tribute yet , please enjoy , from you devoted loving fanbase https://m.youtube.com/watch?sns=em&v=M4nG7m0FZhc
YS: Thank you all so very much. I will do my best to meet your expectations, regardless of budget, and make a great game.
Exogenesis – Will all Shenmue 3 staff be based in Japan or will you outsource to stretch the budget?
YS: Japan will be the main location for development.
Benji – why were the Bailu stretch goals the last stretch goals?
YS: Many of the new challenges in S3 are in Baisha. As a result the focus was put there.
Rubén Vera – Would you like to make new games for arcade machines?
YS: Yes. There is unique good about arcade machines. I want to make something that utilizes holographic image.
Exogenesis – Will we see Fuku-san again? Does he become a martial arts master?
YS: Look forward to his appearance through telephone calls.
Juan José Vélez – with the phone card, will you be able to call Nozomi many times and have different conversations?
YS: Juan José Vélez
Darin – Will i be able to follow people all around the villages?
YS: I will talk to Hirai about it.
by virtue of shenmue – Had Ryo been loved much to girls in Yokosuka high school? Or shoe box was full of love letter?
YS: I don’t think so. He was’t supposed to be like that.
Felipe Vasques – Even if the kickstarter finishes around the 5 Million mark, we will still have Bailu, Baisha and Choubu in the game?
YS: Yes they will be in the game.
FHZST – Suzuki San any details on the Magic Maze? That sounds really exciting and also is there more stretch goals after?
YS: Magic Maze is an auto-generating maze. If reached, the forest area will get much bigger + many events & elements along with it
ATUSI – Among the characters of Shenmue or you other games, who…
would you like to be friend with?
would you like to make your girlfriend?
do you actually hate?
YS: My wife is too scary, I can’t answer that.
YS : Ryo (Akira) in student (in response to by virtue of shenmue above)
にゃふく＠シェンムー3発売決定! – Will Ren, who said “This is getting interesting!” when Ryo went to Guilin, appear in Shenmue 3. (Translation)
YS: Spoiler:He will! I have an interesting appearance in mind.
Benji – I noticed @fumito_ueda , and @Kojima_Hideo follow you on twitter, could they support you in anyway?
YS: @diebenjidie @fumito_ueda @Kojima_Hideo Please support the Kickstarter Shenmue 3 project!
Celso F – What is your favorite programming language ?
YS: I think C# is a good one among the recent languages.
Mura – With QTE being overused in games now, often badly without deep thoughts, how will you approach this in Shenmue 3?
YS: I want to make a streamlined, Shenmue unique QTE.
Exogenesis – Any plans of a Shenmue TV drama once maybe the full story is revealed in the games?
YS: I look forward to your support!
Maurice Branscombe – How did Ryo get a Sega Saturn in 1986? Does he have time powers?
YS: That’s a secret.
ひ ととにゃん – Is it impossible for you to work with a japanese crowdfunding site (like Makuake)? I’m not that confident with foreign websites
YS: At the official site there’s an explanation of kickstarter so please take a look at that. There are Japanese speaking staff that can answer Kickstarter messages.
だいぞう@祝！ シェンムーⅢ発売決定！ – I loved the soundtrack more than the story or graphics. Will there be a special CD like the jukebox from Shenmue 1.
YS: We’re planning on adding nostalgic tracks from Shenmue 1 and 2 on the soundtrack that comes with the 250 dollar pledge.
YS: Thank you very much everyone for your questions! I look forward to this again. Let’s make this next week the best yet!