Shenmue III Releases Today, Check Out the Launch Trailer

About Shenmue III
Shenmue changed the face of video games. The series, considered to be the father of free-roaming, open-world RPGs, returns to the fore this year with the release of Shenmue III.

Shenmue III resumes the epic storyline started by master storyteller Yu Suzuki more than 20 years ago. Suzuki, a pioneer of open-world games and immersive experiences, is set to add a bold new chapter to the sweeping tale of young martial artist Ryo Hazuki.

Soon, players will be able to resume Hazuki’s breathtaking journey.

What is Shenmue III?
Shenmue III brings to life an exciting, living-and-breathing world, one filled with thrilling locales to explore, puzzles to solve, and enemies to thwart. Players take the role of Ryo Hazuki in a story-driven and revenge-fueled adventure with a cast of incredible characters. Powered by innovative and skill-adaptable Free Battle and Special Skill systems, Shenmue III is the sequel fans have been waiting for.

Players will find Shenmue III a deeply personal experience, with rich landscapes and towns brimming with action. Shenmue III is not to be “played,” but rather “lived.” Days in Shenmue III are spent exploring, talking with unique characters, and taking part in exciting activities throughout the world. As Ryo, players grow and master their kung-fu power by training and gaining new skills, enabling them to face off against fearsome enemies.

Each game of Shenmue III, as with each person’s life, will be a unique adventure.

Who is Shenmue III for?
Shenmue III isn’t just for fans of the series. It’s for everyone.

Yu Suzuki’s newest adventure blends elements from beat-’em-ups, simulations, and RPGs, but is designed for people of all levels of skill and experience. The immersive world of Shenmue III will appeal to everyone who loves a good story, great characters, and beautiful environments.

What if I haven’t played Shenmue and Shenmue II?
Don’t worry! Shenmue III includes a special “recap digest” movie created by Yu Suzuki that retells Ryo Hazuki’s story from the beginning. Players can also speak to non-player characters they encounter to learn all about the events of the first two Shenmue games.

Key Features
• Epic Story from the Mind of Yu Suzuki – Yu Suzuki has created some of the best video games ever made, including Space Harrier, Daytona USA, and Virtua Fighter. Now, he returns to write and direct the third installment in the beloved Shenmue series. In Shenmue III, players can expect a rich, deeply enthralling story and an unparalleled journey across China.

• Realistic and Compelling Characters – The Shenmue series has been known for its inimitable characters, and Shenmue III continues this tradition. Players exploring Shenmue III’s vibrant world will find it populated with all manner of villagers, shopkeepers, villains, and heroes.

• Battle System – Shenmue III offers a dramatic and challenging Battle System, one where players can upgrade Ryo Hazuki’s move set in order to defeat the toughest foes.

• Beautiful Landscapes – Shenmue III lets players explore a gorgeous, charm-laden, and danger-filled China. From festive towns to dark and dank enemy lairs, Shenmue III provides players with a wealth of vistas to immerse themselves in.

Epic Games will fund Shenmue 3 Refunds

After Ys Net, the developers behind Shenmue 3 announced that the game would be a timed-exclusive game that will be available first on the Epic Games Store, a lot of the Kickstarter backers of the game were not pleased.

In response to that, Ys Net took their time and decided to refund the money should you choose to do so or you could also change it from PC to PS4 or even choose to get a Steam Key additionally a year later when it launches on Steam. While this would have set them back financially, Epic Games decided to help them out.

Tim Sweeny on Twitter has confirmed that Epic Games will be helping out Ys Net and will fund all of the refunds for the Kickstarter Backers. They want to do this so that the refunds don’t reduce Ys Net’s development funding.

Furthermore, he also stated that in the future when games go Epic- exclusive after offering crowdfunded rewards on other PC platforms, Epic Games will ensure either Key Availablity at said store in advance or guarantee refunds when the exclusivity is announced.

Epic Games is really going all in with the Exclusivity deals and throwing around a lot of money to make sure that developers aren’t getting screwed over.  They’re going all in for the developers but how they manage to win over the PC audience is yet to be seen.

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Shenmue III two new screenshots; ‘extensive’ trailer set for MAGIC 2019

Ys Net has released two new screenshots of Shenmue III.

Additionally, during today’s pre-MAGIC 2019 press conference, event organizer Cedric Biscay confirmed that a Shenmue III-dedicated presentation will be held at MAGIC 2019 in Monaco on March 9, where an “extensive” new trailer will be shown. A few select attendees will also be able to see an exclusive gameplay segment. A Magic Monaco 2019-exclusive Shenmue III will also be sold at the event.

Shenmue III is due out for PlayStation 4 and PC on August 27.

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