Today is a joyous day for any Shenmue fan because Shenmue 3 just got a release date. Also, Shenmue 1 and 2 will finally be released on PC today. Shenmue 3 was supposed to be released during 2018.
Shenmue is the most expensive game ever made at the time. Although both Shenmue 1 and 2 were warmly received by critics and developed a cult following, they were commercial failures due to the high budget.
Yu Suzuki told us back in 2015. “It was only ever going to be two games. When we began development, the volume of the story was too big for one game.”
“When we decided it was going to be two games, most of the story was already complete. To fit all of the rest of the 11 chapters into Shenmue 3, it could help the story progress, but it’d lose it’s playability. Shenmue’s a game, not a novel – if it loses its playability, it loses its purpose, so it’s not the final part.”
The release date was announced along with our first look at the game. It shows Lan Di, the main protagonist of the series, returning.