A presentation early last week showed off some screenshots from Shenmue 3, one of the most anticipated indie projects of the year, a tweet from Neogaf reports. The Chinese presentation showed off new environments and the day/night cycle in the game. The presentation was caught on video and you can check it out here:
For those of you who are fluent in Chinese, you can check out an article from the presentation here.
Originally released on the Dreamcast in December of 29, the Shenmue games are open-world, action-adventure games with roleplaying, life simulation and social elements embedded in them. The stories are modeled after “revenge epics in the tradition of Chinese cinema” and follow the story of Ryo Hazuki in his quest to find his father’s killer in 1980’s China. The original game for the Dreamcast was a cult hit (also the most expensive game ever made at the time it was released) and a sequel was developed in 2001 for Dreamcast and XBox to similarly-positive reviews. However, fans of the series were left wanting as the game stagnated for over a decade.
The third entry of the series was announced in June of this year and was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. The game raised $1 million dollars in a little over an hour and a half, breaking the record for reaching the $1 million threshold. Under eight hours from when it began, the Kickstarter reached its $2 million goal. A month later, it raised $6.3 million, covering a number of stretch goals. Yu Suzuki, the game’s creator, said the game will be a “true open-world game.”
Shenmue is scheduled for a December 2017 release date, so get ready for a Merry Christmas next year, Shenmue fans.