- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Developers: Ys Net · Neilo
- Genre: Action-adventure game
- ESRB rating: Rating Pending
- Platforms: PlayStation 4 · Microsoft Windows
Upcoming Action-Adventure Game. Shenmue III is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Neilo and Ys Net. It is scheduled to be published by Deep Silver on November 19, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Windows. The story continues teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki’s quest to find his father’s killer in 1980s China.
Originally planned to launch in August 2019, Shenmue 3 has been delayed with a new release date of November 19th.This puts it in the middle of a busy release schedule, but given the anticipation behind it, we can see Shenmue 3 standing out.
What is Shenmue 3?
Shenmue 3 is an open world action-adventure title developed by Neilo and Ys Net. This third and potentially final installment will conclude Ryo Hazuki’s tale of redemption as he seeks to avenge his father’s death. We’re hoping for a vast open-world to explore with all the charm and innovation previous games dealt in spades.
Shenmue 3 seeks to conclude a story that began way back in December 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast, so there might be a bit of catching up to do.
Following the events of Shenmue 2, the year is 1987 and our hero Ryo Hazuki has journeyed from the bustling suburbs of Yokosuka to the mountains of Guilin, China in search of his father’s killer. Here he encounters Ling Shenhua, a beautiful, mysterious girl who previously appeared in his dreams. She tells Ryo that they are united by fate, and he must seek out his destiny and defeat Lan Di, his father’s murderer.
Shenmue 3 begins in Guilin’s Bailu Village, a rural riverside town filled with shops, minigames and characters to encounter. The true drive of Shenmue 3’s plot beyond the obvious tale of redemption remains a mystery, but will no doubt surprise passionate fans.
Shenmue 3 gameplay – How does it play?
We’ve yet to see any proper gameplay of Shenmue’s third outing, but series creator Yu Suzuki has provided us with plenty of tantalising details since the dream project’s surprise announcement. Ryo’s next adventure will once again be open-world, dropping him in the riverside town of Bailu. This humble little abode is packed with distinctive shops, temples and minigames for the player to enjoy, many of which may reward you with special items and bonuses.
Ryo will be able to make phone calls to his friends back in Japan, building upon relationships founded in past games through optional conversations. It is unclear whether this will impact Ryo’s stats, but it’d be a nice bonus for venturing off the beaten path. As far as combat is concerned, we’ve only seen a few small glimpses through pre-rendered screenshots and small minute development diaries.
Shenmue 3 trailers – How does it look?
The finished product is still a while off, but now we have our first teaser trailer showcasing gameplay, cutscenes and more:
Shenmue 3 system requirements
- OS: Windows 7×64, Windows 8×64, Windows 10×64 (64-bit OS Required)
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (3.40 GHz) or better; Quad-core or better
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better (DirectX 11 card & VRAM 2GB Required)
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband internet connection
- Storage: 100 GB available space
- Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Of course, these are “subject to change” due to Shenmue 3 still being in development. This is good news, though, as players with mid-range hardware won’t have a problem pushing Shenmue 3 to its limits.
Is Shenmue 3 Due to Release on Xbox One?
It’s a fair question, especially since the second installment in the series was an Xbox exclusive back when it first released in North America.
Likewise, the recent remastered re-releases of the first two games were made available on the Xbox One, giving more credence to the hopes that the final installment in the series would be made available on Microsoft’s current console.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and Shenmue 3 will only be available on the PlayStation 4 and PC. This was recently confirmed by the game’s publisher Deep Silver in a tweet, and no other comment on the matter has been made at this time.
Why Shenmue 3 Isn’t Coming to Xbox One
Though the reason for the lack of a port isn’t entirely clear, it’s not the biggest surprise given that the game is a kickstarter project, albeit a high profile one.
Even with the astronomical amount that series creator Yu Suzuki and his team raised via the game’s funding campaign, as well as the funding provided by its publisher, its budget still pales in comparison to that provided to most larger releases in this day and age.
As a result, there are areas where the team would have to make cuts and concessions. This could have easily included developing versions for multiple consoles, and by extension a version for the Xbox One.
Will Shenmue 3 Ever Be Ported to the Xbox One?
Fortunately, this isn’t to say Shenmue 3 will never be ported to the Xbox One.
Like the other entries in the series, Shenmue 3 could see a re-release on other consoles further down the line if the entry proves popular enough.
Likewise, if the game sells well enough in the immediate months following its release, an Xbox One port could be announced, developed and released to keep the momentum going.
Of course, this is all just conjecture. Only time will tell if any of these scenarios prove true.