Shenmue 3 teaser starring Ken the doll

The new Shenmue 3 teaser trailer dropped yesterday, leaving fans asking why the characters look like deformed plastic dolls.

The game was funded by a Kickstarter over 14 years after the sequel, Shenmue 2, and some feel that the facial tech hasn’t really moved on in all that time…


We haven’t much new information on the game in several months so even this announcement was eagerly awaited.

Personally, aside from the (admittedly lacking) animations and details, the game looks like it has all the necessary requirements for a great experience – dramatic combat, a beautiful scenic world to explore, and something about a shiny green brooch which looks important.

Other gamers have pointed out that the environments shown look spectacular, and I totally agree (especially as I’ve been staring at the backgrounds more to avoid looking at the characters).

So long as the core gameplay and story work then, for me, even some wooden facial animation is fine. Hell, I sat through well over 100 hours of Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim!

I have some faith that Yu Suzuki and the Ys Net development team can pull this game off, so this early footage is hopefully just a glimpse of the beautiful game to follow.

With it looking quite likely we will get HD remasters of the first two Shenmue titles (possibly in the run-up to Shenmue 3’s release) this may not be the last Shenmue news this year!


Update on publishing deal

In a separate development, Ys Net have partnered with Deep Silver, the German publisher which has brought titles like Valkyria Revolution and the new Yakuza Kiwami to Western gamers.

This is great news, ensuring that Shenmue 3 will be available globally and bringing the game to the widest possible audience, while hopefully meaning fewer delays in the game reaching Europe.

The partnership with Deep Silver will apply to the planned PC and PS4 releases of the game, expected in late 2018, although no other versions have been suggested at this stage.

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