Within the closing credits of Shenmue III, creative director Yu Suzuki included a letter pledging that he will never give up his ambition to complete the story.
Suzuki wrote, “For as long as there are those who wish to see Shenmue live on, I will never give up on my own personal journey to complete its story. As with Shenmue 3, the Shenmue story is with you. I sincerely hope that, together, we can continue to spin the tale of Ryo and his adventures in Shenmue 4.”
However, in an interview with VGC, Suzuki commented that the continuation of the story will rely on whether he can gain support from partners.
“If Shenmue 3 sells well it will make things easier [with Shenmue 4]. But I think it will rely more on what kind of partners we will be able to secure.”
Furthermore, speaking to GameSpot at E3 2019, Suzuki noted that one of the most challenging aspects of the game’s production was the lack of backing from a publisher.
Shenmue III is out now for PC and PlayStation 4. OnlySP’s review is being handled by Amy Davidson and should be available next week.