Shenmue 3 was once a fabled, mythical game that fans thought would never see the light of day – until it was announced back at E3 2015.
Since then updates on the highly anticipated Yu Suzuki game have been few and far between, but fans have just been treated to a new teaser trailer.
The footage debuted at Gamescom, showing the gorgeous sites from 1980s China that will appear in the Ys Net and Deep Silver game.
The Shenmue 3 trailer also showed main character Ryo Hazuki in action as he wanders around the Chinese city of Guilin and practises martial arts.
However, some fans have been left by the character models and the way that the move in Shenmue 3.
One fan tweeted: “Shenmue 3 is keeping Dreamcast tradition by having their faces remain wooden and lifeless in cutscenes.”
Another wrote: “Shenmue 3 bringing the mannequin faces back in style”.
And one gamer tweeted: “That Shenmue 3 trailer is a bunch of nice backgrounds with the most lifeless looking character models I’ve ever seen”.
While some video game publications have described Shenmue 3 looking like “ar*e” and the characters looking “dead behind the eyes”.
Suzuki had previously said in an interview with Eurogamer that he was going for a “feeling of nostalgia” with Shenmue 3.
And the character models do have a similar look and movement to those from the Dreamcast games, which will be endearing to many fans.
Suzuki said: “One of the themes, the main feelings that you get from the game is a feeling of nostalgia.
“That’s one of the special qualities of Shenmue, and the fact it was one of the first open world games. That theme, that feeling of nostalgia, continues in all the games.”
The legendary game designer also wrote in a blog post on the official PlayStation website about the Shenmue 3 trailer.
He said: “I would like to share with you a teaser video built from a small slice of an in-development build of the game.
“As you will see, the latest chapter in Ryo and Shenhua’s journey begins with a beautiful set piece in China.
“You’ll also see that we’re aiming to significantly upgrade the game’s visuals, and you may also notice a new character during that quick glimpse of our new battle gameplay.
“I’m pleased to be able to offer a small peek into what we’ve been building thus far, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to show you more as we get closer to our 2018 release.
“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all those who have supported me and the team.
“I will continue to work hard to deliver the best possible realisation of Shenmue III.”
Shenmue 3 was announced at Sony’s PlayStation event during E3 2015.
It’s been Kickstarter backed, with 69,320 backers pledging $6,333,295 towards the project.
Shenmue 3 will be published by Deep Silver and is penciled in for a 2018 release date.
It’s the continuation of the storylines started in Shenmue and Shenmue 2, which were originally out for the Dreamcast – Sega’s last home console.
Shenmue came out in 1999, and at the time it was the most expensive videogame ever made.
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