As you might know, Shenmue 3 was one of the many new games announced at E3 2015 and here's where we outline the Shenmue 3 release date, price, platforms and more. You'll also like: 12 highlights from E3 2015 and Most exciting games coming out in 2015/2016.
Shenmue 2, originally on the Deamcast, was released a whopping 14 years ago but it's coming back thanks to Ys Net with the official rights to use the Shenmue 3 license granted by SEGA. The open world action RPG will be built with the Unreal 4 engine following the story of Ryo Hazuki as he tried to find his father's killer and we've got all the info.
Shenmue 3 will have familiar elements from its predecessors plus new fight mechanics as the developer aims to achieve a new level of interactive storytelling. “Our ambition is to deliver a Shenmue experience that will draw in newcomers to the series and reward diehard fans with its deep story and rich gameplay.”
Also see: The Last Guardian.
Shenmue 3 release date
With the Kickstarter reaching its $2m target extremely quickly (in just 9 hours), the game is now in development and the page estimates arrival in December 2017 which is quite the wait. With a release date so far in the future it could well change although we hope it doesn't get delayed to 2018.
The development team at Ys Net say the Shenmue 3 release date is 'within reach' but warns that it could move.
"A rigorous budget and schedule has been worked out with our production team and we believe our target of 2017 holiday season is within reach. That said, our goal is to make the best game possible (and one that the fans want!) so please understand the schedule may change as the project evolves. Frequent updates will be posted on the Update page," said the firm.
The Kickstarter has been so successful that it's now in the top 10 of the most funded campaigns. On 14 July it was at $4.79 million. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the current leader for video games with a whopping $5.5 million.
Shenmue 3 price, platforms, info and Kickstater rewards and goals
It's been confirmed that Shenmue 3 is in development for 'modern platforms' but don't go thinking this includes your precious Xbox One. Shenmue 3 will be released on PC and PS4. That's not to say it won't come to other platforms, though, with the developer saying “Other platforms have not been decided yet.”
At the time of writing there are still 21 of the Kickstater project left so you can go and back Shenmue 3 in order to secure your copy. $29 will get you a digital copy for PC or PS4 and $60 will mean you get a physical copy in an exclusive backer-only case - this is for PC only as PS4 owners will only be able to download the game.
Update: Listening to the demand, Shenmue 3 PS4 will now be available is a physical copy. All tiers $60 and above will have choice of digital or physical editions on PC and PS4.
Both these teirs come with the $5 reward which is the ability to participate in surveys and polls which will affect what gets put into the final game.
There are many more tiers if you're feeling more well off such as the $100 reward which will get you the Shenmue 3 Trial Edition meaning you'll be featured in the credits and be among the first to play the game. $250 will get you te Shemue 3 collector's edition while $3,000 will bag you a replica of the Ryo's jacket (the original has already been claimed).
The Shemue 3 project is close to hitting $4m and will get Baisha village expanded and five mini games when it does. There are other stretch goals up to $11m.
Shenmue 3 trailer
We want to bring you a trailer as soon as possible and while there isn't one just yet, it looks like it's on the way soon. A new official website for Shenmue 3 is now live and while it has a lot of content from the Kickstarter page, there is a trailers section. It's 'coming soon' so keep an eye out for it.