The first teaser for the much-anticipated Shenmue game has finally been released. Called “The 1st Teaser,” the video shows the protagonist Ryo with his buddy Shenhua Ling in some classic scenery. There’s not much of a narrative going on quite yet in this brief clip, but Shenmue fans will definitely notice some familiar things in the trailer. The game doesn’t look too different from the series’ Dreamcast and Xbox origins. This should be good news for die-hards who have been patiently waiting for a third entry in the franchise.
Shenmue III will begin in Bailu Village in Guilin where Ryo and Shenhua will look for clues about the two mysterious mirrors. The pair will also be looking for Lan Di, the main antagonist. Areas like Choubu (a riverside village that features a lot of shops, souvenir stores, hotels, and temples), and Baisha (that will feature a “siege game reminiscent of the Warring Kingdoms”) were also announced.
Director and series creator Yu Suzuki of Ys Net delayed Shenmue 3 earlier this year, pushing the game to a late 2018 release window. Backers of the game’s high-profile Kickstarter campaign originally expected it to ship by late 2017. The game has almost 70,000 backers pledging more than $6.3 million, making it the most funded Kickstarter video game campaign and the sixth most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time.
Shenmue 3: Andromeda?
Fans are worried that Shenmue 3 will be a disaster despite its success on Kickstarter. Tweets and post from around the world are bothered by the lack of facial animation of the characters, citing that it can be the next Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Ryo’s face never changes in the new Shenmue III trailer and I genuinely hope it’s like this the whole game pic.twitter.com/o1eqljgmDP
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) August 21, 2017
Shenmue 3 is keeping Dreamcast tradition by having their faces remain wooden and lifeless in cutscenes. pic.twitter.com/VNbvTVoT5W
— The Great Clement (@ClementJ64) August 21, 2017
Shenmue 3 looks like someone took Shenmue 2 and made one of those: “What if X was made in Unreal Engine 4?” video.
— BY2K (@TheBY2K) August 21, 2017
Andromeda’s facial animations became a topic of controversy when the game was released. Tons of players took to the internet to post video clips, bizarre images, and memes poking fun of its character movements.
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The game is under development by Suzuki’s development studio Ys Net with several key members of the original Shenmue development team, including sub-director Keiji Okayasu, writer Masahiro Yoshimoto, character designer Kenji Miyawaki, composer Ryuji Iuchi, and programmer Tak Hirai. The game is being made using Unreal Engine 4.
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