Ryo Hazuki voice actor confirms he hasn’t worked on Shenmue 3

Ryo Hazuki voice actor confirms he hasn’t worked on Shenmue 3

A photo posted to Twitter in late March of Sony’s Mark Cerny and legendary Shenmue developer Yu Suzuki during the Game Developers Conference set the Internet ablaze with rumors that SEGA may be in fact developing Shenmue 3. Meggan Scavio, the general manager of GDC and the person who posted the photo, wrote the two were “talking strategy for Shenmue 3.”

More recently, Ryo Hazuki voice actor Corey Marshall posted a photo on his Facebook showing him back in studio doing voice work, which he hasn’t done in quite some time. This again caused SEGA Nerds out there to wonder if work is being done on a new installment in the series.

However, during our interview with him on the SEGA Nerdcast, Marshall shed some light on his photo and whether he’s been at work on the third game.

“The picture of me back in studio is a recent picture, in fact very recent, but with non-disclosure agreements, I cannot reveal what project I’m working on,” he said. “I can say, however, I’m not working on Shenmue 3. I’m saying right now, it’s not 3, so please don’t freak out too much.”

Marshall did say, though, that he’d like to see the series continued, and if SEGA has no intention to do so that they allow Suzuki to have the license.

“I would like to see it released, and I think a lot of fans would like to see it released. If (SEGA) wanted to release the rights to it, I think giving it to Suzuki is the right move, and I don’t think there would be any sort of animosity or bad blood,” he said. “As a fan, I would love to see the franchised continued.”

Despite the fact that Marshall hasn’t completed any voice work for Shenmue 3, it doesn’t necessarily mean the game isn’t in development. As he pointed out in the same interview, when he did voice work on the original Shenmue, SEGA reps had him play through builds of the Japanese version with English subtitles to help familiarize himself with Ryo and the rest of the characters.

Albeit slight, there’s a chance the game is in early development and not at the point in which English voice actors are needed.

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  • doubleO7

    If not Shenmue 3, that new photo is most likely for Sonic Transformed. Ryo did win that poll after all, and since Ryo is the only video game character Mr. Marshall has ever voiced (unless he got another role in a new game), I can’t think of anything else it could be.

    • http://www.seganerds.com/ Chris Powell

      Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the case. Corey said SEGA used clips of his original work in Sonic Racing. He didn’t actually record any new voice work.

  • bjwanlund

    Hmm… things are getting slightly interesting. Maybe it’s a slight misdirect right before E3? As I tweeted earlier today I feel that E3 might bring good news in that arena, as I have a sneaking suspicion it will also bring good news for another group of long-suffering fans, of a game franchise called Killer Instinct. Maybe we’ll get good news about Shenmue 3, who knows.

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  • Jonathan Dogey

    It’s unbelievable that SEGA would not hand over the license to Suzuki. For crying out loud, Shenmue is an Albatross to SEGA. They distanced themselves from it like a child they’re ashamed of. Why wouldn’t they be happy to get rid of it?

    • Ryan

      I don’t think they’re ashamed per se. They DID however lose a lot of money. AND was released during Segas darkest times. That said, the franchise is still WORTH a lot of money too. The game is almost a legend now, and if they play their cards right, they can turn that loss into profit.

  • Ryan

    Could be Shenmue HD. He said “It’s not 3.” not “It’s not Shenmue.” It would certainly make sense. While the voice acting in Shenmue 1 & 2 isn’t bad (Well…. that’s actually arguable), The sound quality of the clips is often poor. Coupled with redone graphics, Higher quality sound would be great for the game.

  • Guest

    “As he pointed out in the same interview, when he did voice work on the original Shenmue, SEGA reps had him

    play
    through builds of the Japanese version with English subtitles to help
    familiarize himself with Ryo and the rest of the characters.”

    I never knew that. I swear if Shenmue III is to be announced this year, I would be even happier then I was when Kingdom Hearts III was.

  • Adam Clark

    “As he pointed out in the same interview, when he did voice work on the original Shenmue, SEGA reps had him

    play
    through builds of the Japanese version with English subtitles to help
    familiarize himself with Ryo and the rest of the characters.”

    I never knew that. I swear if Shenmue III is to be announced this
    year, I will be even happier then I was when Kingdom Hearts III was.

    message…

  • Rich

    I agree with Ryan on this one. It could be that they’re re-doing the voice acting for Shenmue 1-2 and release it as a HD package. That way, gamers who’ve heard for years about Shenmue from their friends who played it, but didn’t themselves, could play through the original series and be ready for a 3rd instalment in the future.

    That way Sega could re-coup some of that lost revenue on what effectively would be a re-release and then see what sales could amount to if a 3rd was released for a new generation of gamers on PS4/XB1

  • http://kizi-3.kizi2.com/ kizi3

    ohh. good. i am very hope about this game. thanks

  • boy1000

    pls shenmue 1+2 remake for wii u! :P