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.