Many had hoped that we'd get a glimpse of Shenmue III at PSX 2016 this month, but the show came and went without word of Yu Suzuki's long-awaited sequel. However, the former SEGA man has provided an update on the project at long last, revealing in the latest issue of Japanese mag Famitsu that the title will be entering full-scale production imminently.
He said, as translated by Gematsu: "Development is entering the final stage headed towards full-scale production. Early in the New Year, I think we'll be able to show you things such as new videos. We will continue progressing with development so that our backers and those who experience the world of Shenmue for the first time can do so with pleasure."
Shenmue III smashed Kickstarter records about 18 months ago, but updates have been few and far between since that fateful summer. It seems like Ys Net has been quietly beavering away getting things in order in the interim, though a 2017 release date is surely looking unlikely at this stage. We'll probably be waiting at least another 18 months before we're reunited with Ryo Hazuki.
I was thinking the other day how unrealistic it would be to expect too much news about this and FF7 remake, but then realised that these games were announced a year and a half ago(!). For FF7 at least it was being worked on prior to announcement, so it's already had a minimum 2 year development time. So we can really expect to get these games in the next 12 months or so. Awesome.
Sega should strike a deal with Yu. Sega uses the hype of 3 to release remakes of 1 and 2, one at a time if need be, giving the team more time to work on this. Win-win and win for us gamers.
Fine with me. Hopefully they can take their time with this and create a good game that lives up to the standards of the previous games. Amazing that it was announced so long ago now...time is flying by like nobody's business. Either way 2017 is looking absolutely packed for games already, so I'm OK with waiting! And I was planning to play through the first two games again anyway, so I'll probably start that once we eventually get a release date.
I guess it's time I start playing Shenmue and Shenmue 2.
@kyleforrester87 Took the words outta my mouth. We should be seeing more on these games sometime in the near future.
@sinalefa I really would like for that to happen. If only to save me the hassle of getting a Dreamcast for those games.
I will avenge my fathers death!
@Tasuki are you playing II on Dreamcast or Xbox? I played the subs version on Dreamcast, didn't bother me one bit.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi I will be playing it on the Xbox since I live in North America.
@DerMeister At least you don't have to get a Dreamcast and an Xbox like us North Americans.
@Tasuki I am a North American. I thought Shenmue 2 was also on Dreamcast, but I guess it wasn't for NA. Ah crud.
I guess I at least I'll have another reason besides Jet Set Radio Future to get and original Xbox.
I think Shenmue III can reach it's December 2017 release date ☺
This game is the only real reason to own a PS4. Cannot wait for this to be released, willing to wait as long as it takes to get it perfect though
I got a DC to play this not long ago with my old save file. Game was too demanding for the old hardware so it refused to load after 30min. The save system is so weird that I could not proceed. I waited 15 years and still could not beat it.
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