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Shenmue 3 will see the return of classic Ryo voice actor

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Despite earning over $3 million on Kickstarter, Shenmue 3 is still an unknown quantity. Creator Yu Suzuki said recently that the game will need much more than $3 million to be a full modern imagining of the original series, and up to $10 million for it to take place in a fully-featured open world. It's hard to know what the game will be if it falls short of those goals, but one thing is now certain: Corey Marshall, the original Western voice actor for the first and second instalments, is returning for the new one.

That's good news for Shenmue fans, but it's also a new way for the studio to attract funding for the project. "Corey is as excited for Shenmue's return as we all are, and to help out, he has magnanimously offered his voice for a special reward," the Kickstarter update announced. That special reward involves a personally recorded message from Ryo himself, but it'll set you back $1,000.

The crowdfunding campaign has proven beyond doubt that there's demand for a Shenmue return, but why? If, like me, you don't understand the phenomenon at all, Andy Kelly makes a good case for it.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian Editor. He loves masochistic platformers but lacks the skill and grace to complete them. He has four broken keyboards hidden under his desk, filed between an emergency six-pack of Reschs and five years worth of XXL promotional t-shirts. He stares out the window a lot.