Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has released a short video update about how Shenmue III’s is coming along.
The kickstarter project for Shenmue III launched in 2015 and brought in a huge $6.3m, and Suzuki stated that the game’s development is fully underway,
“Your cheers at the Sony announcement still ring in my ears,” Suzuki said. “Since then, we have been gradually bringing on new project members. Late last year, we began using Shenmue 2 characters to do simple battle and conversation tests on UE4.”
Concept art for Shenmue’s protagonist Ryo Hazuki
“With our key developers on board, the prototype build started in January. It has been six months since the project has really taken off. Battle and facial expressions are coming together, and cheers from the crew are growing. It makes me feel it will turn out to be a good game.”
Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Teaser Trailer – E3 2015 Sony Press Conference