In the latest interview with Red Bull, Yu Suzuki discusses Shenmue III‘s development, as well as the future of the series. According to Yu Suzuki, “Shenmue 3 will be based on the original 11 chapter story I planned during the [Sega] Saturn era,” he tells Red Bull. “Using that story, we put the game together in such a way that people new to Shenmue, as well as fans of Shenmue 1 and 2, will be able to enjoy the game.”
Following that statement, Suzuki gives us a much clearer time-frame of where Shenmue 3 takes place since that cliffhanger in Shenmue 2.
“In terms of the story, a year has not yet passed from the conclusion of Shenmue 2, so Ryo’s feelings of revenge have remained unchanged,” Suzuki says. “As Ryo did in Hong Kong in Shenmue 2, he will travel to Guilin in Shenmue III, maturing as he encounters different people through his martial arts training.”
Quick Time Events have been a staple in many games since Shenmue‘s release, and Suzuki wants to take that concept to the next level.
“While QTEs may feel a little wanting to some action gamers, I believe that it is a fundamental technique that allows a broad range of players to actively participate in the dramatic performances of a game. That said, I would like to take up the challenge of creating the next evolution of the QTE.”
You can read the full interview by clicking here, and you can check out the new screenshots below. What do you hope to see in Shenmue 3? Sound off in the comments below!
Via Red Bull