Ys Net is doubling down on the slow, meditative pacing of the Shenmue series in the latest entry if recent comments are any indication.
During a recent hands-on preview, IGN had the chance to talk about the game with director Yu Suzuki and co-producer Cedric Biscay, leading to some intriguing revelations.
According to Biscay, one of the things set to separate Shenmue III from the competition is that “Shenmue is all about depth and poetry, something we find less and less in current large productions.”
The statement is more than an idle boast. In addition to the return of mundane tasks and jobs, the game will feature an affinity system that determines how characters react to the protagonist Ryo Hazuki.
Another leading goal “is linking different features together,” according to Suzuki. A realistic economy system seems to be at the centre of this endeavour, although a dynamic, real-time weather system will also reportedly have measurable effects on the gameplay experience.
The full interview goes into much more detail about other features, ranging from the combat system to character customisation, as well as analysing the play experience.
The development team recently offered a quick glimpse of Shenmue III‘s gameplay.
Halo Infinite Creative Director Leaves 343 Industries
Tim Longo, the creative director for Halo Infinite, has left 343 Industries.
According to Kotaku, Longo moved to a different role in 343 Industries a few weeks ago and then left the company for good this week.
In his place, executive producer Mary Olson will take over the responsibilities of the Campaign team as the lead producer. The studio head of Halo Infinite, Chris Lee, will still be in charge of the game’s overall creative vision and production.
Microsoft assured that Longo’s departure would not impact the game’s late 2020 release window and will still launch alongside the next Xbox platform, currently codenamed Project Scarlett.
Longo was also the Creative Director for Halo 5, as well as had previously worked on games such as Star Wars: Republic Commando and 2013’s Tomb Raider.
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