Shenmue 3 Has Moved into Full Production, Still Looks a Bit Like a Fan Game

By Julian Benson on at

It's still strange to believe that Shenmue 3 is finally being made, considering how many years it was one of the go-to examples for unfinished series. Now series director Yu Suzuki has announced that the game is leaving pre-production and moving into full development.

According to a blog post on the game's site, "R&D for various game elements is on course as the development team shifts its focus towards production. Main game scenarios are nearing completion, motion capture tests are well under way, and voicing tests with the cast have begun. Yu-san and the production staff are happy to say they are enjoying the work as they continue to diligently make progress on the mini-games, events, and battles."

The team shared some screens of the game so far:




The images look okay, but I was hoping by now it would look less like a fan project. The series was never really about its look, though, and it's an in-game video I'd like to see more than anything else from Shenmue 3.