Shenmue 3 won’t be available for a few years, but YS Net are already hard at work developing the game. We’ve seen some early footage and screenshots, but the latest Kickstarter update from the team shows that they’ve already surpassed what was shown a few months ago.
Shenmue 3 is currently in its third month of development, and the team has moved to map testing for the game. The Shenmue series is known for locations packed with people and interactive objects, so they’re making sure the size of each area is just right.
Map testing will define the different areas to make sure they are neither too big, nor too small to get to that Goldilocks zone. This consists of looking at the layout of a certain space, and experimenting to make necessary alterations. For example, an outside area may feel too open. That space may be reduced by 20%, and the number of people there increased from 10 to 16, to affect the proper consistency and density of the area.
The Kickstarter update also includes a handful of new screenshots for the game. Compared to early footage, the lighting and quality of the graphics have improved significantly.
Shenmue 3 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017, so there are many more of these updates to come in the future. Will you try out the game when it launches in two years? Let us know in the comments!