Shenmue 3 has been well in development for a while now, but we still haven’t gotten any new footage outside of the brief snippet we got at E3 2015. The developers have been keeping fans up to speed on what has been happening with the game with update videos, and now they have released a new one.
This one is a little different compared to the previous ones, as it has to do with story building in director Yu Suzuki’s games. It isn’t so much about Shenmue 3’s story, but how he goes into creating stories for all of his games. He talks about how film is the closest reference for video games, and how those usually have two themes instead of one. Suzuki mentions that audiences would get bored if a film only had one theme, and then says that that problem is compounded when dealing with a much larger video game.
He goes on to say that if you were to play a video game for 30 hours, then you would need many more themes to try and keep the player hooked. Putting this to his story building mentality for Shenmue, he says that it has always been a story about kung-fu. There are many different themes and elements that are involved with that foundation, which are spread throughout multiple entries in the series. The first two games in the series dealt largely with themes of determination, friendship and revenge, though it remains to be seen where Shenmue 3 may take things.
We’ve known since the series’ beginning that the overall Shenmue story is multiple chapters, with the first game being the first chapter and then the second game combining a few into one. Those two games cost a lot of money and were not financially successful, which caused the director to try and reduce the story to fit it into fewer games. Shenmue 3 won’t be the last game in the series, though a release date still hasn’t been given. Check out the new update video by clicking right here.