With publisher Deep Silver involved and a year of development still to go, expectations for Shenmue III have been raised. The good news is that Ys Net has been able to recruit some external support, with Lakshya Digital being brought on board to render the various non-playable characters that you’ll encounter around the world. If you’ve ever played the series before, you’ll know that believable sandboxes are a big part of its appeal, so the outsourced art should help to make Guilin feel alive.

In order to sate rabid demand, the developer’s also released artwork of a new character. “You'll have to wait and see how she fits in with the temple in the background,” the Kickstarter update reads. While the model does look like it belongs in a PSone CG intro sequence, we’re eager to see how she fits into the plot.

[via kickstarter.com]