The latest clip from Shenmue III shows Ryo fighting and the game’s new facial animation and character designs – but will it please fans?
For a game that’s been in development for years there’s been worryingly little footage of Shenmue III that looks anything like a finished video game.
Most of it up till now has been brief tech demos and scene-setters, but this latest video does include an actual playable section of the story.
It’s still pretty short, and the cartoonish look of some of the characters is not going to please everyone, but it may mean the game makes its 27 August release date after all.
The footage shows the game’s fighting system in action, which still seems similar to the Virtua Fighter-influenced original.
Ignoring the character designs, it also showcases the new facial animation – which as feared does seem a bit low-tech. But then the animation in general has always been questionable.
The trailer debuted at the MAGIC 2019 event, where apparently the game was shown in some detail. So with a bit of luck there might be some more videos later.
Shenmue III has already been delayed before so if it doesn’t make its August release date it won’t be a massive surprise, but the fact that it’s got this close without a date change has got to be a good sign.