I'll mention a few of the things that caught my attention as I watched.
|And we're looking forward to the next report already!|
As the jazzy Shenmue theme plays, there is a brief shot of a developer in the conference room with Yu. On the monitor is the shape of a partially-rendered building. From the shape of the porch and fireplace in the floor inside, it can be recognized as being Shenhua's house which we have already seen fully-rendered in the demonstration video at MAGIC Monaco.
Lower down, in the Levels list, are a couple of interesting scene names: "SL_Hakkason_SearchHouse" and "SL_Hakkason_kakurenbo". Hakkason of course is the Japanese pronunciation of Bailu village. And "kakurenbo" is the word for the children's game of hide-and-seek. Is Ryo going to drop his cool exterior and play a round or two of hide-and-seek with Shenhua?!
|Some interesting text on the right-hand side|
Next we have an interview with a developer who is working on Ryo's river-jumping QTE scene. There are a few Post-It notes stuck tantalizingly under the monitor with some handwriting in Japanese. The writing is frustratingly small and hard to read. However putting on my strongest pair of glasses (well ok, zooming in at maximum resolution then) this is what I can make out:
- Note 1 is titled "MVN Development" with some notes underneath. One looks like it might say "fly". Aha! That makes sense. MVN Studio is the name of the software used to develop with Xsens, the 3D motion tracking technology being used in Shenmue III. [Correction: the note says "Documenting MVN" as clarified by Kiyuu on the Shenmue Dojo forums. Perhaps he will be creating documentation for fellow team-members?]
- Note 2: looks like business contact details, having a phone number, the name of a shop, name of the contact and an email address.
- Note 3: is a single word with the number 1 after it. Er... I hope it's not a password as that would be bad security practice!
|This developer is also perhaps a fan of Southern All Stars and (along side Shenmue The Movie)|
the case of the Japanese horror movie "Beneath the Sympathy with the Devil".
The next QTE is all-new content, showing Ryo avoiding a rockfall, and looks to be coming along nicely. Going by the level name, this one takes place near
the larger town of Baisha. As with the previous one, there's no inclusion of sound at this stage (or if there is, it is being drowned out by the jazzy Shenmue theme).
Finally Yu makes a short appearance at the end (not the striped T-shirt) with a smile which is a nice way to wrap up the update.
|A slightly camera-shy Yu.|