Shenmue III received its first PlayStation 4 teaser trailer this week, and it came in for some criticism. While the environments showcased certainly looked impressive, many felt disappointed with the title’s wax-work character models and non-existent facial animations. Speaking with various Japanese publications (translated by Gematsu), the legendary director has addressed fans’ concerns, stressing that much of the work is temporary – and the facial animations were actually removed from the clip.
While the SEGA veteran didn’t clarify why the facial animations were cut, he did promise that improvements would be made. In fact, it sounds like signing a publishing agreement with Deep Silver has allowed developer Ys Net to not only spend longer making the game – but also increase its scope, too. The auteur predicts that the campaign will take some 30 hours to complete, which is much longer than was originally intended.
But what will you spend that time doing? Well, as in past entries, there’ll be employment for protagonist Ryo Hazuki to find – this time in the form of wood cutting. Fishing will also feature, and you’ll be able to sell on certain types that you catch for cash. Suzuki has also hinted that the franchise’s famous forklift truck racing will return – although we’re curious to see how it’s going to be implemented in the rural Chinese setting that the title takes place in.
Ryo’s original voice actors – Masaya Matsukaze in Japanese and Corey Marshall in English – have both signed up for the project, though a new actress is being scouted for Shenhua. One interesting thing is that the game’s battle system is being rebuilt from scratch, and thus won’t be leveraging Virtua Fighter’s system like previous entries. While this is to be expected, Suzuki notes that he wants the battles to be more about judgement than “timing input skills”.
There’s lots of interesting information here. On the one hand, we’re pretty excited because it sounds like Yu Suzuki knows what needs to be done to improve the product – and he seems to have a good vision of where it needs to go. But with just over a year of development left, so much still seems up in the air that we can’t help but question whether it’ll even make 2018. This sounds like a 2019 game to us – and late 2019 at that.
[source gamespark.jp, via game.watch.impress.co.jp, famitsu.com, gematsu.com]
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IIRC they said this game wouldn't conclude the story around the time the Kickstarter launched. I'm not sure how I feel about fans having to wait 15 years, pay for it themselves, and not get a conclusion.
More on topic, that's PR. We have no proof beyond his word the animations ever existed at all. But long and short is, this isn't a 2018 game. Not at this rate.
He reiterates in these interviews that the story won't be finished. As a fan that's waited 15 years for this game, I don't want them to rush it either. The story was originally planned over six or seven games — I absolutely don't want them to race through the remaining content in one Kickstarted game.
I'd rather never see the end than have them rush through it.
Nice graphics. Are Davey and Goliath in the game?
I'm starting to worry this game is going to be too polished. One of my favourite things about the original was its shoddiness. I'll never forget that wooden NPC who for no real reason tells Ryo to "shut the hell up! If you don't shut the hell up I'll make you wish you had!" I still regularly use this reply when people ask me for directions in the street.
So you are telling me they had the facial animations and removed them for a trailer? What sane dev would do that?
Yu is either lying or he is not the visionary he used to be.
Oh that's alright then. Makes complete sense that you would take out facial animations from a trailer.
Haha maybe some animator had toggled off the facial animations before hitting render. Either way, progress is progress and I'm looking forward to it.
Some great updates there, it's a shame they just splurge it out in the open rather then through a proper kickstarter update.
@Gremio108 that particular NPC was a biker 'tough guy' chillin with his biker buddy.
Why would they possibly need to be removed? I can't help but imagine what kind of hideousness we were spared from witnessing.
Or you know... It's bull****.
2019 it is.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi What a dude, I'm waiting for confirmation that he's the main bad guy in this one, otherwise it's a no-buy from me I'm afraid
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