You may remember back around the end of July, it was confirmed that new Shenmue 3 footage would be shown at Gamescom, and here we have it. The new teaser trailer gives us a look at the game’s stunning visuals and… Slightly-off character models/expressions? Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see what we mean, and it’s not just us. The internet has already blown up with memes and claims that this will be 2018’s ‘Mass Effect Andromeda’ – another game that had terrible facial models and expressions.
In all honesty, it’s not too bad though, and it’s definitely a step up from what we first saw at E3 2015 (time flies). The game’s director, producer, writer, and designer, Yu Suzuki, noted the fan response and had this to say on the matter: “Shenhua, Ryo, and the other characters are mostly temporary. Shenhua still has to be fixed up a bit.” The executive producer, Hideaki Morishita, also added that they were “unable to ready them in time for this trailer”, and explained that the trailer was made to celebrate their deal with Deep Silver, who were recently announced to be publishing the game.
Whilst having Deep Silver handle publishing may not sound like a great idea to many fans after their diabolical MightyNo.9 trailer, it is worth noting they work with Sega to bring most of their and Atlus’s titles to European regions, such as Persona 5 and Yakuza Kiwami. So whilst this trailer may look a bit goofy to some, it’s safe to say they still haven’t actually implemented facial animations yet, and with the game’s release date of 2018, they’ll certainly spruce up the game by the time the launch roles around (2019 anyone?). Do you think Shenmue 3 will manage to be the sequel we always dreamed of? Or doing think it’s tripping and falling down the typical Kickstarter path? Tell us in the comments below.
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