Game Development Status
A direct comment from Yu Suzuki reveals that he living and breathing Shenmue, and has been staying overnight at the offices more and more. His dedication to the project is evident.
New Work-In-Progress Images
Three new images are presented in the update, with the first showing an intricate temple gate illuminated by the glow of red hanging lanterns. Further in, a set of stairs leads up towards the dark interior of the temple and above, the moon casts a silvery light over the rocky mountains from a star-studded night sky.
|What intrigue lurks beyond the temple gate... [Click to enlarge]|
The distinctive silhouette on the mountain peak is a clear tease to the return of a certain creepy villain!
|Image detail: a wooden bench sits under the temple gate.|
The location shown in the second image is a market, and in contrast to the first depicts an early morning scene, demonstrating the effects on the landscape under completely different lighting.
The image shows a fight scene, with Ryo in mid-kick fighting two men. Perhaps Ryo's action is part of the motion capture testing that the team have been carrying out. Blur effects can also be observed on Ryo and his opponent.
On examination, it can be concluded that Ryo's face in this image is not part of the character model, but rather has been sourced from elsewhere and overlaid, and as such looks rather unnatural. Detective work from Spaghetti from the Shenmue Dojo forums has identified the specific face image used, sourced from the era of the first two Shenmue games.
A reasonable assumption is that Ryo's in-game face is still being worked on so a temporary placeholder has been used instead. We will have to wait a little longer to see the new-look Ryo.
|Ryo's character model in action. [Click to enlarge]|
|A hint at mini-game content to come? [Click to enlarge]|
Overall it is exciting to view these latest screenshots - in particular the image of the temple gate, with its mysterious lighting and promise of interior locations to explore.
PC Version Now Available on Slacker Backer
The update also confirms that the PC version has been added as a reward option to the Slacker Backer campaign, as was anticipated from the recent Famitsu magazine preview.
A choice of digital of physical will be available, and even backers who have already contributed for the PS4 version will also receive a survey at this time to select/confirm their choice of platform. The survey is scheduled for summer 2017,