Shenmue 2 was released 15 years ago and since then, fans of the series have been clamoring for another entry in the series. It was only until 2015 that the third entry resurfaced in the form of a Kickstarter campaign. Since then, fans have been supporting the crowdfunding campaign, and it seems like the release of Shenmue 3 is drawing near as the game reaches its final stage of development.
Devs Making Progress
The developer gave a status update of the game on Dec.15. The game?s Kickstarter page by the developer reveals that many of the game?s components are nearing completion.
?R&D for various game elements is on course as the development team shifts its focus towards production. Main game scenarios are nearing completion, motion capture tests are well under way, and voicing tests with the cast have begun,? says the developer.
The update also reveals a few stills from Shenmue 3 and the game is looking really great at this stage. Additionally, the update also informs players that pre-orders for the PC version of the game is now open with the funds being directed to helping the game reach its stretch goals.
Latest Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Update
In a more recent update released on Dec. 24, the developer revealed that the game is in the final stages of R&D. The developer also promises to reveal more elements of the game in the upcoming year.
As for the release date of Shenmue 3, the developer is yet to reveal whether or not they will meet their target release date for 2017. We can also expect to see an update on the game?s release date next year since the game is nearing completion.