Following nearly two decades in development hell, the highly-anticipated cult classic Shenmue III finally has a release date according to publisher Deep Silver - August 27, 2019.
Shenmue is a game that first graced home gaming consoles almost twenty years ago. The game (and its sequels) tell the tale of martial artist Ryo Hazuki who is on a quest to avenge his father's death and find a mysterious artifact called the Dragon Mirror. The game was noted for an interesting mix of different gameplay mechanics and arguably served as the title which introduced quick-time events to the world (for good or ill.)
Shenmue was intended as a trilogy, but only the first two games ever ended up being released. That will change in just over a year once Shenmue III is released to the world. A trailer was released alongside this announcement to build up a bit of hype for this long-awaited game - give it a look!
We don't yet know what the plot of the game will entail, other than the fact that it will be a continuation of the events from the first two games. HD Collections of Shenmue I & II were rumored to be making their way to modern systems not too long ago - a rumor that was eventually confirmed. Shenmue III was born from a Kickstarter that recently passed $7 million in funding hitting the stretch goal for what they are calling 'AI battling'. Early PC specs for the third game in the series have been released, although they are subject to change depending on development.
System Requirements for PC Version
- OS: Windows 7x64, Windows 8x64, Windows 10x64 (64-bit OS Required)
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (3.40 GHz) or better; Quad-core or better
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better (DirectX 11 card & VRAM 2GB Required)
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband internet connection
- Storage: 100 GB available space
- Sound card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
- Additional Info: Requires Steam Client to activate.
This news comes right before Shenmue I & II are set to go live for players who have purchased the game. If you haven't yet experienced this epic saga, now's as good a time as any to get started. You can grab Shenmue I & II in a bundle on Steam & on the Humble Store for the PC and on the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 4 at the price of $29.99 or your regional equivalent.
Ans as for the new game, you can still slacker back it until August 31, 2018, even though the Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded over three years ago. Shenmue III will release for the PC and PlayStation 4 on August 27, 2019.
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What do you think of the first footage from Shenmue III? Are you a longtime player who can't wait to continue this series or will you be experiencing it for the first time? Let us know in the comments below!