During the recent G-Fusion tour in China, Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series, teased a handful of new details regarding his next endeavour, Shenmue III.
The veteran developer explained how [via Shenmue Dojo], in comparison to the franchise's earlier titles, Shenmue III's play time will be notably longer. This is partly due to an an abundance of side missions throughout its campaign - but this time, they'll be more entwined with the game's storyline.
Remember, Shenmue III is going to come in at over 100GB - that's Red Dead Redemption 2 size. And we all know how easy it is, and how many opportunities you have, to get sidetracked from main goals in the best-selling western (we're talking about you, Easter eggs).
'Shenmue III' will launch later this year. Credit: YS Net/Deep Silver
Shenmue III will also include Chinese martial arts-styled fighting, but it may not be the game's protagonist, Ryo Hazuki, who uses it. Overall, combat has become "very varied, richer, and more playable," says Suzuki.
And fan-favourite mini-games, such as Lucky Hit, forklift truck racing, Excite QTE, and toy capsules, will make a well-deserved return.
However, Suzuki notes how Shenmue III's new mini-games have the potential to be better, and he can't wait to see players' reactions. All mini-games are set to provide a much wider impact and influence over the whole game, too, unlike those found in previous instalments.
Shenmue III became Kickstarter's most funded video game ever, raising $7.1 million collectively on crowd funding platforms, and is one of the most eagerly awaited titles of 2019 thanks to the series' almost two decade-long hiatus.
Shenmue III will (it's hoped) launch on 27 August for those pledged to its crowdfunding campaigns, and that's when most backers will receive their added bonuses, too.
Of course, it will then become available to players late to the party, and is destined for release on PS4 and PC. At the moment there are only rumours regarding an Xbox One release.
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