WATCH: Shenmue 3 Director Gives Development Update On Kickstarter
A third entry to the Shenmue series was announced almost three years ago, and 2018 looks to be the year the long-awaited threequel finally makes its debut. Shenmue 3 director Yu Suzuki recently gave a video update on Kickstarter regarding the open-world game, touching on the promising progress made and creative challenges encountered since development began.
The video, which you can view below, sees Suzuki address several aspects of the game-making process so far. He cites his surprise upon first working within Unreal Engine 4, recalling several improvements the engine has brought to the project. Graphics are said to have well surpassed his expectations, while combat is undergoing a dynamic overhaul from what people remember from previous installments.
The Shenmue 3 director also brought up how well characters are being introduced, confirming up to “100 characters” included in the final product. Nailing down the game’s main duo of Ryo and Shenhua was said to have been very difficult for Suzuki. For example, the character model for Shenhua had only just recently received his seal of approval after making numerous tweaks and improvements.
Yu Suzuki ends the video by emphasizing the theme of casual living and thanking the game’s Kickstarter backers for their continued support. This thanks is pretty well-deserved, as a third Shenmue likely wouldn’t have ever been made without the game’s monstrously successful fundraising campaign. With all the director’s talk of getting characters right, perhaps fans were too quick to judge when that first teaser trailer hit back in October? Shenmue 3 will release for PC and PlayStation 4 sometime in 2018.
What do you think? Are you convinced Yu Suzuki is giving it his all to make the best game possible, or is the Shenmue 3 director attempting to hide a poor-quality final product? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more successful Kickstarter news from recent weeks, check out these next few links below:
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