Fourteen years after the trilogy was interrupted by the death of the Sega Dreamcast, Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue III will finally be released on the PlayStation 4.
Announced last night at Sony’s PlayStation E3 Press Conference, Yu Suzuki has launched a Kickstarter to fund the development of Shenmue III for the PS4 and PC. The funding goal was $2 million, but it reached that in less than twelve hours.
Fans of the series need not worry as this will be a direct sequel to Shenmue II:
“Where we left off… Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his fatherâ€™s killer. There he meets a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learns of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together.
The story continues as Ryo and Shenhua start off on a new journey that will take them farther into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny.
Will the mystery of the mirrors be revealed? How is Ryoâ€™s father connected to all of this? Will Ryo track down the Chi You Men cartel and face Lan Di in a final showdown?”
The original Shenmue was released in 1999 on the Dreamcast followed by Shenmue II in 2001. After the sudden death of the system, Microsoft published a port of Shenmue II on the original Xbox. That released included a movie DVD that recapped the first game for players unfamiliar with the story, so hopefully something similar happens with this one as it’s been so long since the last installment.