Shenmue 3 developer Yu Suzuki has offered insight into how players will be able to catch up with previous events in the cult classic franchise, particularly those who have not played the original games.
Speaking with OPM UK, Suzuki-san revealed the game will feature ‘memories’ from the previous Shenmue titles, though made it clear he’s “undecided” if they’ll be playable. However, he reiterated “there is a feature where you can make a phone call to characters who appeared in Shenmue 1 and II.”
Intriguingly, he said that developer Ys Net considered releasing Shenmue and Shenmue 2 alongside the new title as a means of introducing the series to newcomers. Whether this will still happen, however, is still up in the air.
“We considered offering the first two games along with Shenmue III and it still may happen,” he said. “But we thought it would be more fun to include the content as memories, so when you play the new game you get memories of old stories or some other content from Shenmue I and II.”
“For example, if you’re walking in the village there’s an older guy telling you what happened in the previous games, so it’s totally incorporated into the game.”
Shenmue 3 release date pushed to 2018
Shenmue 3 was announced at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference as a Kickstarter-funded project, and eventually went on to raise $6.3 million. The game was initially planned to ship in December 2017, but was pushed to next year to afford additional development time.
A Shenmue HD release has also been rumored numerous times over the past few years, with a recent retail listing suggesting it’ll hit PS4 and Xbox One later this year.
Ys Net previously confirmed that Shenmue 3 will include fast loading times, though hasn’t made any decisions regarding the final control scheme in the game.
Source: OPM UK Issue 141 (November 2017)