LemonHaze, Patrick J. Fuller, former Lan Di voice actor Paul Lucas, and former Ren voice actor Eric Kelso came together to create a Shenmue 3 mod that brings both performers back to the two roles. With help from Peter Campbell, James “SkillJim” Brown, and Jibby, the group created two versions of the mod that restores the characters’ original voices. [Thanks, Shenmue Dojo!]
Installing it is fairly easy. First, you decide if you’d want the version that only adds the original Ren and Lan Di voice actors to Shenmue 3 or the one with the international phone calls too. Then, you get the Forklift mod loader. Once installed, you essentially drag and drop some files and you’re set.
Both Lucas and Kelso agreed to help the community for this patch. As Brown noted in the forum announcing the patch, “Both completely did this for free!”
Here’s a video for the Shenmue 3 mod, showing exactly how Kelso and Lan Di sound reprising their characters. As a reminder, Ren and Lan Di are voiced by Greg Chun and Kyle McCarley normally in the game.
Shenmue 3 is available on the PlayStation 4 and PC, and people can get the mod and mod loader on Shenmue Dojo. A fourth Shenmue game has yet to be announced.