Sony dropped many megatons at E3 2015, but few were as surprising as the announcement of a new Shenmue game for the PlayStation 4 and PC. Shenmue 3 is in the works, and we have some titillating details to share with you.
What’s the big fuss about Shenmue 3, you’re probably wondering? Well, the first game was an open world action-adventure video game that has been featured in several "greatest video games of all time
Considering that many critics hail both the original Shenmue
and Shenmue 2
to be a masterpiece, praising their realism, interactive world and production values, we have the very high expectations for a new Shenmue
on a console as powerful as the PS4. It had been one of the most requested games of the last 15 years or so.
We have dug up the following details about Shenmue 3
, courtesy of Japan's Famitsu
video game magazine:
- It is being developed by Japanese developer Neilo, and Yu Suzuki -- the director of the first two Shenmue games -- is leading the project.
- Suzuki gathering other key members of the development team for the original game to work on Shenmue 3
Unreal Engine 4 will likely be used because its colors fit the color of the world Suzuki envisions for the Shenmue series
- While Shenmue 2 had a bigger game world than the original Shenmue, Shenmue 3 will have a smaller map in order to deliver a much more detailed and lively world. Suzuki is clearly a strong believer of the old adage quality of quantity, and so are we
Shenmue 3’s story will start directly after the events of Shenmue 2 and will see the return of several familiar characters. That makes the game a direct sequel, and not a spin-off, side story, remake or reboot
Shenmue 3 will release by the end of 2017, giving you more than enough time to get caught up with the first two games
When Suzuki set out to make Shenmue 3
a reality, he crowd-funded the project via Kickstarter, setting a goal of $2 million USD. That goal was reached in less than 24 hours, making it the fastest Kickstarter project ever to hit both a million and 2 million dollars.
Are you would enough to remember the first two Shenmue games? Were you one of the thousands of fans who crowd-funded Shenmue?
If so, share your excitement in the comments below.