Shenmue III was delayed recently, and by the grace of the Phoenix Mirror it looks like it needs it. The title just doesn’t seem to be coming together at all: new footage (skip to 2:15 in the embedded video) shows an improvement to Shenhua’s character model, but protagonist Ryo Hazuki and the rest of the cast still look wrong. The new footage is interspersed with some old clips of environments we’ve already seen – at least these look decent.

The footage is pre-alpha and the long-awaited sequel has been delayed for a reason, but at what point do we begin to worry? Remember that this game was originally due out last year, and while delays and schedule changes are inevitable, the real concern is that the project just doesn’t appear to be making any meaningful progress. It barely looks like a proof of concept, and it’s supposedly due out next year.

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