Shenmue III has rocketed past $3 million, meaning that it's time for some new Stretch Goals to be added to the campaign. These focus on Baisha Village, one of the three main hub areas in the game. The additions run from $4 million to $5 million, and include additional quests, mini-games, and battle events. If we had to guess, Yu Suzuki and his team will probably be hoping to raise $7 million, which should be enough to expand all of the locations in the release.
To be perfectly blunt, this crowdfunding campaign isn't being run as well as other recent ones, as there's very little information on what some of the Stretch Goals entail – Character Perspective System, anyone? – but we're still basking in the glory of a world where Shenmue III exists. If you're a backer, what kind of announcement would convince you to up your pledge? Personally, we'd quite like a boxed copy of the title for the PS4, so we hope that that gets figured out.
The environments look gorgeous in some of the screenshots; perfectly happy with those. They gotta re-do the character models, though, innit! XD
@get2sammyb Yeah, those models are terrible - as are the facial animations. Having just looked at that article about the Morpheus game where you tutor a schoolgirl, THAT has far better graphics and facial animations than Shenmue III. Given that Shenmue was visually groundbreaking in its time, it'll be so sad if it comes out look worse and with less detail than a weird schoolgirl flirting game.
As I understand it, there's middleware - if that's the correct term - that automatically lips syncs characters in games to whatever's being spoken. The Witcher 3 used it, for one. They could use that for a start.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still happy to play Dragon Quest on the NES and most of my favourite games of all time are 2D (if we include the PS1-era pre-rendered backgrounds of stuff like FFVII, RE and Onimusha) but Shenmue really is about being immersed in a highly detailed, highly interactive world filled with realistic characters where interaction with them is the core of the game.
Not even sure what I want anymore got everything Ive asked for lately lol. Ff7 fallout, shemue, just need a good mech games to round it out.
Yes, they gotta start with a Ryo Hazuki that actually resembles him
I just hope that overall Suzuki delivers. Like, what was the last game he worked on, Shenmue 2?
@get2sammyb I would definitely up my backing if there was the offer of a physical copy. Other than that, I trust Yu Suzuki to bring me an amazing experience
Can not agree more, everything looks awesome, but the stretch goals looks kind of dubious. And definitely a boxed version for PS4 would convince me.
@sinalefa He has been involved in other since Shenmue 2, mostly mobile affairs though
Boxed version and set the funding at £35 for that and I'm in. No box, no backing.
Oh I see. Thanks.
@themcnoisy tut tut.
Yeah, the animations are terrible as is Ryo's English voice, this is a hashed up semi demo trailer thingy, the game will look nothing like this.
I wanna get this one, day one!
I'd be interested in trying the original. I can't jump in to the story at part three. They need to work out whatever issues are preventing a re-release of the first two. I'm sure there's a large number of people like me who are interested, but weren't Dreamcast owners.
@get2sammyb 19 people have this morning paid $3000 for replica Ryo jackets, insane
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