We recently learned that Shenmue III is in its final stages of development, and the official website has updated with more on its development progress, PC version pre-orders, and some new screenshots.
PC Version Available on Shenmue.link
There have been many requests for the PC version pre-order option during the Slacker Backer Campaign, and now that agreements by all affiliated parties have been finalized, Shenmue.link is accepting Shenmue III PC version pre-orders as of today. As always, sales from the PC version will also help towards the Stretch Goals.
Just as with the Kickstarter, backers will be able to choose whether they would like the PS4 version or the PC version. For example, if you have pledged for the PS4 version, you can still switch to the PC version, or vice versa. Backers will be able to make their choice during the backer surveys. (More on the surveys below.)
R&D for various game elements is on course as the development team shifts its focus towards production. Main game scenarios are nearing completion, motion capture tests are well under way, and voicing tests with the cast have begun. Yu-san and the production staff are happy to say they are enjoying the work as they continue to diligently make progress on the mini-games, events, and battles.
“I have been completely absorbed in development Shenmue III recently, and often stay at the studio throughout the night to make it the best game possible. My life has become Shenmue both day and night, and I’m happy.”-Yu Suzuki
New Work-in-Progress Visuals
These are still work-in-progress and are subject to change.
Rising moon over the temple gate
A fight breaks out at the morning market!?
This piece of heavy machinery looks familiar…
Currently backer surveys are currently planned for the summer of 2017. On the surveys, we will ask you for your reward preferences that pertain to the different tiers and for your shipping information if you have pledged for physical rewards. There will be further updates with more information regarding the surveys.
Anyone can view this update, and all backers will be notified.
Shenmue III is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC.