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Yesterday, Shenmue III celebrated its first Kickstarter anniversary with a short video from series creator Yu Suzuki. "Your cheers at the Sony announcement still ring in my ears," says the veteran developer, before going into detail about how the project is progressing.

According to Suzuki, things have "really taken off" over the last six months, with key members of the development team now on board. "Battle and facial expressions are coming together, and cheers from the crew are growing. It makes me feel it will turn out to be a good game," he continues.

Overall, Suzuki seems very positive, which is obviously what we want to see, but judging from his words, it's safe to say that the game's got a very, very long way to go before we see it release. As such, Suzuki ends the video by asking fans to continue their support.

So, when do you think Shenmue III will launch? 2017? 2018? 2025? Place your bets in the comments section below.