The original Shenmue is not a particularly long game, but its successor takes the best part of 30 hours to complete if you’re playing it for the first time. It sounds like – despite being built on a wafer-thin budget – Shenmue III will be longer, however, as series creator Yu Suzuki has implied in a new interview that it will be a “multi-week” game where its Dreamcast forebears were “single week” titles. There could be potential translation issues here so perhaps don’t bite too deeply.
Elsewhere in the discussion, Suzuki admitted that Chinese martial arts will be in the game, although not necessarily a part of protagonist Ryo Hazuki’s skill-set. Side-missions will apparently be better married to the main plot, while minigames will also be better implemented. Of those returning, Lucky Hit, Excite QTE, toy capsules, and forklift races will feature – although there will be some all-new ideas as well.