Shenmue 3 Gameplay to Be Shown at February 24 Conference
The anxiously awaited third game of the Dreamcast cult-classic series, Shenmue 3, is to be showcased by producer Yu Suzuki at upcoming Monaco's Anime Game International Conference, or MAGIC, this February. The conference is to be held at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum and Suzuki himself will be revealing further details about the game and perhaps even offer live footage since the game is well under development.
The original Shenmue was released in 1999, with the sequel following closely in 2001, developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega. While the game gained quite a following, it was considered the most expensive video game developed at the time at a whopping USD 70 million and turned out to be a commercial failure. Thereafter, Sega was reluctant to give way for Shenmue 3's creation.
Suzuki then launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the third game, which successfully raised enough and became the sixth highest funded game in Kickstarter history.
Shenmue 3 will be published by Deep Silver and is to be released in the latter half of the year, although a solid date has not been set. Developers are positive that the game will deliver to the fanbase, with an improved story-line and gameplay.