Shenmue III

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.

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Steve Carman
Steve's two passions are journalism and gaming, and he enjoys playing Indies, RPG, and Action/Adventure games on PC and consoles. He can also often be found sharing his views on the industry @stevecgames.

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1 Comment

  1. I’m in the middle of Death Stranding right now, going to jump into this as soon as I wrap that one up.

    It worries me when the long game is played like this, and as much as I love Shenmue, I’d be lying if I said this doesn’t worry me quite a bit. I’m always afraid something is going to happen before these kinds of projects are finished up. I hope the next game finally wraps everything up.

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