Yu Suzuki and Ys Net announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to build Shenmue III for PlayStation 4 and PC at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $2 million.
The game is being built in Unreal Engine 4 and will have familiar elements from its predecessors, as well as new fight mechanics. Suzuki promises a Shenmue experience “that will draw in newcomers to the series and reward diehard fans with its deep story and rich gameplay.”
Here’s a brief story synopsis:
Where we left off… Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father’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 Ryo’s father connected to all of this? Will Ryo track down the Chi You Men cartel and face Lan Di in a final showdown?
Watch the Kickstarter pitch video below. Fund the game here.