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The first Shenmue III trailer is here, and the characters look as deadpan as ever

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The game will be released in the second half of 2018

Shanmue III

A new trailer has dropped for Shenmue III, showcasing the first footage we’ve seen so far of the highly anticipated sequel. The original Shenmue was one of the most expensive video games ever made. It garnered a cult following when it was released on Dreamcast in 1999. The game was notable for its day and night mechanics, interactivity, and mini games.

Unfortunately, the game was a commercial failure, and the long-awaited sequel was only able to go ahead after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter which made over $6 million. Shenmue III follows the story of martial artist Ryo Hazuki who leaves Japan to search for his father’s killer in the mountains of China.

The trailer doesn’t give much away, but it does showcase sprawling landscapes and incredibly detailed city skylines. The characters do come across as a bit blockier though — more Final Fantasy X than Final Fantasy XV. "One of the themes, the main feelings that you get from the game is a feeling of nostalgia," Yu Suzuki, director and producer of the game said in an interview with Eurogamer. "That's one of the special qualities of Shenmue, and the fact it was one of the first open world games. That theme, that feeling of nostalgia, continues in all the games."

The game is due to be released on PC and PlayStation 4 in the second half of 2018.