Shenmue 3 is trucking on with the updates and the latest one, patch 1.04, brought along some fixes, gameplay adjustments and the Battle Rally DLC that will offer a new activity for Ryo Hazuku. Furthermore, backer passwords for exclusive content have been activated.
Ys Net released update 1.04 for Shenmue 3 on 21 January 2020. It brought along some fixes and quality of life updates. For example, players can now skip the initial conversations and backer content received undisclosed fixes but that could be related to the keys, mentioned later in the article.
Certain skills have been rebalanced and minigames like fishing have been altered. The green catfish fishing point in Bailu has been adjusted, the camera will no longer become uncontrollable in the lucky hit minigame, the wage for cargo was adjusted in the forklift minigame and incorrect purchase prices of items have been fixed.
Backer passwords are now active for the survey responses made between 6 January and 29 November 2019. Players who have them can unlock in-game backer rewards if they responded to the survey during this period. Inputting the password in the Download Codes section of the survey will activate them.
Battle Rally DLC went live along with the update and players will be able to play the new activity, provided they reached Niaowu or have save data where they completed the game. In this activity, Ryo Hazuki, Ren Wuying and Wei Zhen will engage in battle while racing over a set course. This is still a race so the one that crosses the finish line first is the winner.
The activity will feature some "awesome items" as rewards but that's not all to the DLC. A different event will send players to search for Bailu's mascot, Bailu-chan. Multiple copies of this mascot are available and they will help players gain an advantage during the aforementioned race and some "fantastic items".