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SpacySmoke's proposal for a Sega Classic Arcade Machines set, featuring iconic videogame designer Yu Suzuki and some of the arcade cabinets found in Shenmue, has now received over 9,000 of the 10,000 votes required for LEGO to formally consider it for release as an official product.

The target must be reached by March 4th, so please go out of your way to share this link and get people clicking that 'Support' button! http://tinyurl.com/segalego

In case you missed it, we recently interviewed SpacySmoke about his proposal and his aims to make the final product even more Shenmue-related: http://TeamYu.net/Shenmue.III/topic,418.msg2870.html
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If you're a Shenmue fan in the United Kingdom you may have noticed Shenmue popping up in a few well-known publications of late:

The current issue of gamesTM magazine (#182) has a full-page feature titled "Why Shenmue III Matters So Much," eagerly anticipating the new sequel by reflecting on its groundbreaking past.

The January issue of GamesMaster magazine is also looking forward to its release, ranking it at number 16 in their 100 Greatest Games of 2017. They even manage to mention the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign without painting it as a nefarious scam, as in their scurrilous article printed when the game was announced.

Rounding out the British trio of positive press is the website of mainstream newspaper The Guardian, whose unordered list of The 42 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017 includes Shenmue III. Its short write-up erroneously refers to the game as the "close" to a "trilogy," when in fact it's known that the story will not conclude with this entry in the series, but hey - we won't hold that against them while they're talking it up.

Kudos to the authors of these pieces for recognizing Yu Suzuki's current project as something for all gamers to be excited about, and we hope to hear of similar publicity emerging from other parts of the world in the months to come.

Shenmue III can be pre-ordered for PC and PS4 at http://shenmue.link/order, and a summary of information and imagery can be seen on our website http://TeamYu.net
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Today, January 3rd, all gamers are invited to participate in the first monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon of 2017, urging Sega to openly commit to releasing versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 on modern systems in time for Shenmue 3, currently estimated for release this coming December.

The all-day event is easy to join, by tweeting the hashtag (http://tinyurl.com/shenmuetweet), retweeting others (at http://tinyurl.com/shenmuetweets), and activating your AutoTweet (at https://TeamYu.net) for effortless support in future months. Thank you!
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We hope you're all enjoying the festivities as we prepare to ring in the New Year - a year that may, if early estimates remain feasible, see the release of Shenmue 3!

A video has been prepared by Chao Yu reflecting on some of the bigger updates on the project delivered through Kickstarter over the course of 2016, giving a collective taste of what's yet to come as full scale production really ramps up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huhL66Rm-pQ

Don't forget, the game can be pre-ordered on PC and PS4 at http://shenmue.link/order, along with a host of other backer rewards like statues, real life capsule toys, and an exclusive trial version!

All backers will receive a survey in mid-2017 to confirm shipping addresses and reward-specific details such as T-shirt sizes and platform choices.

Early in the year, the team hopes to be able to share new footage showing off their latest progress. In the meantime, the campaign for Sega to #SaveShenmueHD continues every month, so we'll see you on January 3rd for the first Tweetathon of 2017!

As always, more information on both the game and the campaign can be feasted upon like a Christmas buffet at http://TeamYu.net
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The latest update from Ys Net has gone live, and, as anticipated, so have pre-orders for the PC version of Shenmue III as part of the Slacker Backer campaign at https://shenmue.link/order - where you can also pre-order the PS4 version and many other rewards.

http://shenmue.link/post_en/424/?en

The update explains that your choice between the PC or PS4 version - even if you have already made your payment - can be confirmed when the backer surveys are sent out in Summer 2017, along with other details relating to the reward tiers paid for.

Also in the update, as previewed in this post, are some gorgeous new work-in-progress screenshots showing off the game's ongoing development. In the shot we've chosen to show here, a toy forklift can be seen beside a pair of feet that presumably belong to Ryo Hazuki. Is it too soon to speculate whether this might represent a mini-game? Finding actual full-sized forklifts in rural China could be a tall order, after all!
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Big thanks to Switch at the Phantom River Stone blog for this post about one of the Team Yu website's newest features, our in-depth Campaign Timeline:

http://PhantomRiverStone.com/2016/12/shenmue-revival-timeline.html

Take a look and you'll hopefully find it a useful source of information on the history of Shenmue and its incomparable community (yes, that's you).
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Shenmue III's third and final Kickstarter reward dinner took place in Los Angeles last month, with Yu Suzuki treating backers to a day that included some vintage arcade gaming.

Check out this blog for more pictures and details: http://PhantomRiverStone.com/2017/01/shenmue-3-reward-dinner-in-la-with-yu.html

Many other crowdfunding rewards are still available via the Slacker Backer site at shenmue.link/order, with proceeds continuing to fund the ongoing development of Shenmue III.
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It's five years to the day since Team Yu was founded but there's no time for sentiment, because fate has decided that today is the day we'll all be talking about an interesting pair of domain names.

ShenmueHD.com and ShenmueRemastered.com were registered by Sega Europe in the first week of September, as publicly viewable on any WHOIS website, though it's taken until now for news sites to pick up on the fact.

While undeniably a positive sign for the #SaveShenmueHD campaign, it's worth exploring the context of this news.

These domains were registered four months ago, at the same time that Sega Europe's COO Jurgen Post was coming forward to explain that while the idea of releasing new versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 had their "full attention," they were not yet able to greenlight the project due to complications with product licensing.

A third of a year later, there has been no further news apart from this belated discovery of two domain names registered within days of those particular comments.

(Some sites are mistakenly reporting that the domain records have been recently updated. The date they are reading is the last refresh date of the WHOIS database - basically the last time the record was checked for changes, not the last time there were any.)

So, we're left with two main possibilities: Either Jurgen Post was lying about the current state of the project in September (while raising the subject himself), or these domains were registered as a precaution against cybersquatting while the company worked out whether to proceed with the games or not.

It's natural to be excited whenever something like this hits the headlines, but as always we recommend caution before jumping to conclusions. Ask yourself how excited you'd still be in January if you'd spotted these domain records when they first became available.

We hope that Sega has since been working through its perceived obstacles to prioritize a chronological release for these original chapters in time for Shenmue III's arrival. But we'll believe it when it's officially confirmed and not a moment before.

Until then, we invite all fans to keep up the demand and take nothing for granted. It's encouraging that Sega considers the domains worth registering, but it's one step of many required to #SaveShenmueHD.

We all hope an announcement will come sooner rather than later, but for now, the next Tweetathon on February 3rd remains a necessary opportunity. We must urge Sega to confirm their commitment and finish the job.

Preferably before Team Yu turns six.
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Shenmue III co-producer Cédric Biscay of Shibuya Productions has tweeted his own plea to Sega to #SaveShenmueHD, hot on the heels of yesterday's Tweetathon:

http://twitter.com/CedricBiscay/status/816653578597265408

As we detailed earlier today on Facebook, making new versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 available to gamers ahead of Shenmue III's release is of great importance to the continued revival of the series, whose epic story will not be crammed into an unsatisfying conclusion in the third game:

http://facebook.com/TeamYu/posts/1454499194562115

For more information on the campaign and further quotes from Cédric, Yu Suzuki, and Sega themselves, visit http://TeamYu.net. The next Tweetathon is scheduled for February 3rd.
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Today we publish our new interview with SpacySmoke, designer of the Sega Classic Arcade Machines set proposed for official release in plastic brick form:

https://TeamYu.net/Shenmue.III/topic,418.msg2870.html

The set, featuring Yu Suzuki himself as a minifigure, will only be reviewed for release if enough people click the "Support" button at http://tinyurl.com/segalego - so please take a moment to vote for it!
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The official US PlayStation Blog is holding its annual awards, and a certain game is nominated in the Most Anticipated category.

Now far be it from us to try and sway anybody's choice. We are of course 100% impartial and believe it's entirely up to you which game you select.

So anyway, head on over to http://bit.ly/voteshenmue3 to cast your ballot. Deadline: end of the year, Pacific Time.
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The PC version of Shenmue III will be available to pre-order from this Thursday, December 15th, according to the latest weekly issue of Famitsu in Japan:

http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/20006565.html

The same report also quotes Yu Suzuki’s belief that early in the new year they should be at a stage in development where new video footage is ready to be shown, as they are entering the final phase of development.

Keep an eye on the game’s official website www.shenmue.link for updates, where of course the PlayStation 4 version can already be pre-ordered. 
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Social media campaign to #SaveShenmueHD
Introduction
On the 3rd day of each month, gamers unite on social media to speak out for Shenmue, a defining series of videogames abandoned by Sega without conclusion at the turn of the century.

Legendary designer Yu Suzuki remains keen to complete his masterpiece and satisfy the unwavering demand of customers left hanging by the tantalizing climax of Shenmue II on the original Xbox and Dreamcast.

But he can't get to work without commissioning by Sega, who own the license and refuse to fund the project without investment from a major console maker. Help us increase the pressure on the parties who need to act in order for Suzuki-san to get his wish.

For full details of the campaign and how to participate, please visit TeamYu.net.
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