Corey Marshall, the actor who voiced Ryo Hazuki in the English dub of Shenmue I and II, is now confirmed for Shenmue III.

Mr. Marshall, who is him self an dedicated Shenmue fan, has been pushing with the community for years to see Shenmue III released, now he can also be part of the game it self, which was a no-brainer really.

From the Kickstarter announcement:

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.

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. Yes, that’s right–get a personal message from Ryo! Do not miss this opportunity to get a very special message from Ryo himself. Maybe one those classic Ryo one-liners?

The $1,000 Reward for the Corey Marshall as Ryo Voice Message will include the $500 Reward. The Ryo Voice Message will also be included in the Rewards for $2,000 and up.

We are very happy to see Mr. Marshall coming back to voice Ryo Hazuki after 14 years!