During Sony’s E3 press conference, something many of us have long hoped for (but had a hard time believing would happen – or at least I did), happened.

To be partly funded by Sony, partly by Kickstarter – Shenmue 3 was announced as an actual possible real thing that might happen. It took a mere nine hours to meet its goal and firmly (as much as a Kickstarter project can) transcend into concrete reality.

Recently, even more good news broke regarding the project. Gamespot reported Corey Marshall – the original voice actor of protagonist Ryo Hazuki – is on-board the project. In an update on the game’s Kickstarter page it read:

“Just in! Corey Marshall, the actor who did the English voice acting for the main character Ryo in Shenmue 1 & 2, is now confirmed for Shenmue 3!

The support for Mr. Marshall to reprise his role as Ryo has been just overwhelming!

We would all like to thank Corey-san for coming back, and especially for all the support he has given to Shenmue over the years.”

Shenmue 3 is expected to ship in 2017 for PC and PlayStation 4.