It has been over a year since Shenmue fans got the long-awaited news that Shenmue 3 would become a reality, which resulted in the game having one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever. While the updates have been slim since then, creator Yu Suzuki has now shed some more light regarding how things are going and what’s in store next year.
The Shenmue creator recently did an interview with Famitsu where he talked about Shenmue 3, saying that “Development is entering the final stage headed towards full-scale production.” Next year will see the release of more footage of the game, as we’re also expected to see the game’s finished look in action. This was a problem in the early goings of development with character models, with many complaining that Ryo did not look as he should.
Suzuki goes on to say that “We will continue progressing with development so that our backers and those who experience the world of Shenmue for the first time can do so with pleasure.” This seems to suggest that the game is being developed with both hardcore fans and newcomers in mind, which is smart considering that the first two games both released a long time ago now. There’s still no news on remasters for the first two games, so the third game is going to have to do what it can to get everyone up to speed.
He also revealed that pre-orders for the PC version of the game would be going live tomorrow, and you’ll be able to get yours through the game’s official website. The game will also be coming to PlayStation 4 when it launches, though we’re still waiting for more information on that.
We still don’t have a release window for Shenmue 3, but considering that the game is just starting to enter full-scale production means that we’re still a ways off from the finished product. As of this writing, the game has raised $6,665,676 with the help of 73,114 backers. The game was also able to reach several of its stretch goals, which you can learn more about by clicking right here.