Oasis Games announced that Shenmue 3 will be making its way to mainland China. The game has been in development for the last several years, but it’s gearing up for full release on home consoles and PC in 2019.
The game was originally Kickstarted after being announced during Sony’s E3 press conference in 2015. The game went on to collect more than $6.3 million in crowdfunding, even though creative director at Ys Net, Yu Suzuki mentioned that they won’t be able to build the full game in the way that he wants unless they get $10 million in funding. Following the Kickstarter Suzuki did acquire additional investor support but it wasn’t disclosed for how much. Sony was also apparently contributing to the developmental funds as well, but once again we don’t know for how much.
The upcoming game is being built on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. It’s been criticized for featuring visuals that still hearken back to the old art-style of Shenmue from the Dreamcast and OG Xbox. However, for fans of that unique art design you’ll likely enjoy what they’ve done with Shenmue 3.
The Oasis Games version of Shenmue 3 will be available on the PlayStation 4 in mainland China, while WeGame will be handling a simplified Chinese version of the game set to release on PC.
Some gamers have been having a hard time accepting China as a mainstay player in the gaming industry due to their mostly negative effects when it comes to the censorship of some titles. Many gamers believe that the 10 Rules of Censorship will begin to seep outside of China and affect Western-made games for Western audiences as well. In fact, some people have blamed Sony’s new censorship policy on China, but even Sony had China’s version of Mary Skelter 2 censored. So it’s unlikely that China has anything to do with Sony going full censorship-retard.