Shenmue fans have been forced to wait patiently for close to two decades for a new installment to the famed franchise from Yu Suzuki. Mercifully, it’s now looking like not only is the wait coming to an end, but that Shenmue 3 will more than justify the delay.
Yesterday, Suzuki’s development studio Ys Net took to Kickstarter, where he unveiled a series of screenshots for the upcoming title. The images do suggest quite a colorful game, with beautiful landscapes and Shenmue 3 lead character Shenhua Ling starring in most of the images. And while the images are indeed stunning, these are just still screenshots, and do not offer any clues as to whether Suzuki will do as promised and release his new game at a consistent (emphasis on consistent) rate of 30 FPS.
Suzuki began work on Shenmue 3 last year, not long after he launched a Kickstarter campaign for the game. This campaign easily achieved its funding goal of $2 million, and eventually raised more than $6 million, which ensures the game will be available on both PlayStation 4 and PC. Still, it might be quite some time before gamers could play it, as Shenmue 3 is estimated to be released by December 2017 at the very earliest.
Suzuki is scheduled to give a presentation at the Monaco Anime Game International Conferences, where he is expected to unveil more new images from the game at the ongoing Shibuya Productions expo.