The annual Monaco Anime Game International Conferences, otherwise known as MAGIC, is a one day event organised by Shibuya Productions as a celebration of manga, comics, animation, video games, and pop culture. Shibuya's CEO, Cédric Biscay, also happens to be a co-producer of Shenmue III, so it was no surprise for the game to make an appearance at the conference with a new trailer, giving us a first glimpse of gameplay.
Things don't start off too well for Ryo as he's badly beaten in a kung fu match by a much bigger thug. He decides the best course of action is to train with a kung fu master, but first he's got to persuade the master to take him on. In the trailer, players get a glimpse at combat and many of the NPCs Ryo will meet throughout the game, as well as a glimpse at a deeper story. There's also a preview of the game's soundtrack, which will be played using Chinese instruments such as the erhu.
A fan from Phantom River Stone was also at the conference and watched the accompanying Shenmue III panel with the game's director Yu Suzuki. The panel yielded some more snippets as to what players can expect from the gameplay.
As the trailer showed, there will be many NPCs in the game. While Ys Net originally planned to have around 50 NPCs, the game now has hundreds of them — Bailu village and Choubu are believed to have 400-500 between them.
There will be two combat modes in the game. The first, an automatic mode known as AT, will allow less-experienced players to map combat moves to different buttons so all they have to do is press a single button to execute a move. The second mode is a manual mode, known as MT, which will be more complicated. Combat moves from Shenmue and Shenmue II will be included in Shenmue III, with one of the moves on show being the Tornado Kick that featured in both of the previous games.
Finally, in terms of other activities, Ryo will be able to take part in fishing and woodcutting as a way of earning money. As well as fishing competitions, any fish that is caught can be sold. Inventory will vary between the different shops in the game, both in items and prices, and more goods will be available than in the previous two games. Food will be available for purchase, allowing Ryo to recover lost energy.
Shenmue III is due to be released on August 27th.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Shenmue III trophies.
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