The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign got a new update page with their “Month 3 Progress Report,” with a look at some new screenshots and details on the game’s current development.
Here are details on the latest progress on the game from the Kickstart page:
In this phase of the development, the major work being done is the map testing. Map testing will define the different areas to make sure they are neither too big, nor too small to get to that Goldilocks zone. This consists of looking at the layout of a certain space, and experimenting to make necessary alterations. For example, an outside area may feel too open. That space may be reduced by 20%, and the number of people there increased from 10 to 16, to affect the proper consistency and density of the area.
All elements in the following screen shots are still in testing. Objects are being used as place holders, like the men in black suits, and Ryo is also an older model. Backgrounds and buildings are also still in the development stage and will see reworking. Shots for the two battle scenes were taken at angle to avoid spoilers as much as possible.
Battle test 2
Conversation testing scene
Thatched roof house test mode
The development team is in high spirits now that we have reached this stage where we are finally able to start testing. The studio has become quite the lively place as of late, even on Saturdays for some of us! We look forward to your continued support!
Shenmue 3 is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC, and has an estimated delivery of December 2017.