During the Sony E3 press-conference the Yu Suzuki announced a crowd-funding campaign to make a sequel to the Shenmue games. Hours later the funding goal of $2 million has been cracked. Fans will get now Shenmue 3 in 2017.
The Shenmue 3 announcement was one of few highlights during the Sony E3 press-conference. Yu Suzuki announced to a crowd-funding campaign to make another Shenmue game that can be played on Sony PS4 and PC. Fans did not let him down and after a couple hours the funding goal of $2 million has been passed.
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Right now the Shenmue team has already $2.3 million in the bank to develop the sequel. There are still 31 days to go to raise even more money. The release of Shenmue 3 is planned for 2017.
Shenmue 2 was released 14 years ago. Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father’s killer. There he meets a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learns of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together. The story continues in Shenmue 3 as Ryo and Shenhua start off on a new journey that will take them farther into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny. Will the mystery of the mirrors be revealed? How is Ryo’s father connected to all of this? Will Ryo track down the Chi You Men cartel and face Lan Di in a final showdown?
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Shenmue 3 is the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue 2. Created for modern platforms (PC and PlayStation 4) and built in Unreal 4, Shenmue 3 will continue the legacy of Shenmue. Shenmue 3 will have familiar elements from its predecessors and new fight mechanics to achieve a new level of interactive storytelling.