It seems very fitting that the Gamescom opening ceremony would end with Shenmue 3, a franchise that has been in development hell for many years, only to be virtually resurrected via Kickstarter by its dedicated fan base; it truly is the gaming industry’s sweetheart. The game’s creator, Yu Suzuki, stated in a pre-recorded video that “In real life, 16 years have passed, but in Shenmue 3, the game begins after the previous game ended.” Suzuki ends by saying he hopes you will enjoy the new trailer. The trailer would go on to reveal the game’s release date, August 27, 2019 for PS4 and PC.
The trailer begins with a monologue by Shenhua, the deuteragonist from Shenmue 1 and 2, who speaks of the fated journey between herself and Ryo Hazuki, the story’s main protagonist. Game footage shows Roy Hazuki exiting a boat to what appears to be mainland China, no doubt still on his quest for vengeance against Lan Di, the man that murdered his father. Shenhua prophesies the legend of the dragon that clouds the heavens and the pheonix with purple wings that will descend from the sky, which bears strong allusions to the two characters.
The trailer concludes with the proposed release date. The graphics are now on par with today’s current benchmarks, but still remain true to the original. Despite being an uninitiated, I’m very excited for this game and with the release a whole year away, I have plenty of time to catch up on Shenmue 1 and 2. The remastered version for Shenmue 1 and 2 released today, August 21, 2018.
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