Shenmue III – Ryo’s Tale of Revenge Continues on August 27, 2019
PlayStation 4™ – US, EU & ASIA
After so many delays, Shenmue III finally got its firm release date. At Gamescom 2018, August 21, 2018, the same day Shenmue I & II released, the team developers of Yu Suzuki revealed the video announcing Shenmue III’s official release date.
Shenmue III was originally announced at E3 2015 alongside a crowdfunding campaign. Fortunately, Shenmue III become the most successful video game on Kickstarter.
Later on, it was picked up by publisher Deep Silver and eventually delayed into the second half of 2018 and being pushed back again in 2019.
Hopefully, the development team behind this most anticipated game will meet their promised release date of the game on August 27 next year.
You can watch the release date trailer below that was shown at Gamescom 2018.
In 1987, following the events of Shenmue II, teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki has journeyed from Yokosuka, Japan, to the mountains of Guilin, China, in search of his father’s killer, Lan Di. There he met Ling Shenhua, a mysterious girl who previously appeared in his dreams. After learning the legend of her village, which foretells a united path between them, Ryo and Shenhua embark on a new journey which reveals their shared destiny. Lan Di returns with a new antagonist, Niao Sun.
STORY & GAMEPLAY
Presumably, Shenmue III will be the conclusion to the original story of Shenmue. Set after the events of Shenmue II, Shenmue III will take players in the year 1987. Here in this narrative, Ryo traveled from Yokosuka to China to seek vengeance on the man that killed his father.
While exploring the Chinese wilderness, Ryo meets Ling Shenhua – a girl who’s been showing up in his dreams. Apparently, fate united the two and team up to hunt down the main antagonist of this narrative, Lan Di, and achieve Ryo’s quest for revenge.
Shenmue III will be set in an open world according to the series director, Yu Suzuki. He also stated that there will be a part of the game where Ryo makes phone calls to his colleagues back in Japan, which will, in turn, improve connections.
Shenmue III Sequel?
We might be a year away from the release of Shenmue III, but it sounds like the team is already planning for the game’s sequel. According to an interview with GamersFlag, the creator of the series, Yu Suzuki, revealed that “Shenmue III will be left open enough so that a sequel could be made.
Here are the exact words of Suzuki:
“Yes, the end will be open for a sequel. It will not be possible to finish with this third episode.”
With that being said, IGN has pointed out that Suzuki has always been open to the idea of making a fourth game.
“There are a total of 11 chapters that make up the whole story,” he said at the time. Over the past 14 years, I originally planned for there to four or five games to the series. If at all possible, I would still like to realize the full story of 11 chapters.”
Shenmue III is available here at Play-Asia.com. However, it still not open for pre-orders but will definitely be coming soon.
Check out the latest announcements and pre-orders at the Gamescom 2018. Click the image below!
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