Fans hoping to see Shenmue 3 in this year’s E3 press conference are going to be very disappointed. The developers of the third game have announced that they would not be appearing in any game shows this June. While the news is disappointing, the developers did make up for it by unveiling a brand new character.
News regarding the lack of an E3 appearance was confirmed in the game’s Kickstarter page, on their third report progress. “While our schedule has yet to be finalized, we will be devoting June to game development and as a result, will unfortunately not be participating in any game shows,” the Shenmue team stated on Kickstarter. “On the other hand, we look forward to bringing you our monthly updates and hope you do too!”
The title joins Darksiders 3 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 as E3 absentees, which is a wee bit disappointing. We will be learning about the two games later this year, so here is hoping we also hear from Shenmue.
A New Villain? An Ally?
While the lack of an E3 appearance is pretty disappointing, a new character should pique the interest of many fans. It will be interesting to see what type of role this new character plays in Shenmue 3, given his appearance. He could be a villain, but the developers might want to swerve audiences for a bigger reveal later on.
In the video, we mostly see this new character do some basic exercises, so he could be a workout enthusiast. Perhaps he will be a gag character that can up some of the player’s stats, but that’s just pure speculation. Still, it’s nice seeing some new characters introduced for the Shenmue series, since more are expected for the final release.
More Development Reports?
With no clear release date on the horizon except from the studio’s long promised December 2017 launch window, all fans have for Shenmue 3 news are these development reports. Since the game isn’t appearing in E3, fans might be in for a long wait before seeing a release date. Here is hoping that we here more news soon, since this is one of the most anticipated games coming to PS4 and PC.
An HD re-release was recently hinted at, which is smart since some gamers never touched the Dreamcast version. Since the newest game is the third in the series, a refresher on the first two entries wouldn’t hurt. If an HD re-release does come, expect it to come out on PS4 and PC as well, for obvious reasons.
Shenmue 3 also missed last year’s E3, so not seeing some sort of follow up this year is somewhat surprising. Then again, if they need more time to make the game better than ever, fans will take it in stride. Shenmue 3 still has a tentative December 2017 release date.