New Screenshots Confirm Shenmue III Will Be Released in 2018

Shenmue III, one of the most anticipated PC games in recent history, is getting closer to becoming a reality. During a recent anime convention in Monaco, Shenmue III producers introduced a new set of screenshots and assured fans that they are still on schedule to deliver the game later this year.

The Magic Monaco convention is organized by Shibuya Productions, one of the companies involved in the development of Shenmue III. The screenshots shown at Magic Monaco are mostly in-game scenes featuring the main characters. Production of this title, which is an official sequel of the legendary action-adventure series originally released for the Sega video game console, started in 2015 after producers successfully raised more than six million dollars on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.

The original Shenmue is remembered as being one of the most expensive games ever developed; it is frequently mentioned on lists of the greatest video game titles, but it ended up becoming a cult hit. The initial chapter of the series was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, but sales figures were lower than Sega expected. Shenmue demands a certain level of immersion and devotion from players, and this is something that American gamers were not ready for.

The story of Shenmue III will continue the events of Shenmue II; the story will move from Yokosuka to a mountainous town in China, where a young Japanese martial arts enthusiast will continue searching for those responsible for his father’s death. The game is set in 1980s and features many Japanese cultural references of that period. The immersion of the game emanates from its life simulation features, which require players to follow certain schedules as the game unfolds.

The PC system requirements for Shenmue III have not been announced. The game will be simultaneously released on the Sony PlayStation 4 console.