There's no time for Yu Suzuki to change his mind anymore: Shenmue III is going to get made for the PlayStation 4. Following the theatrics of last week's Kickstarter conclusion, the SEGA veteran has stepped out of the public eye a little over the past few days – but he did offer an update for backers, confirming that development on the long awaited sequel has now officially started in earnest.
"Even after 14 years have gone by, to see this outpouring of support is something one as a creator can only dream of," he beamed. "There can be no better feeling than what you have given me, and for that I will be eternally grateful. We have just started getting into development, and as we move ahead, I will listen to all of you to make Shenmue III even better."
It's going to be interesting to see just how regularly the Ys Net team shares updates moving forwards. The game is still at least two and a half years away, so we can't see it having anything meaningful to show for a good while yet. Having said that, it will need to placate impatient supporters, so the studio's going to have to find a balance between being open and knuckling down.