Yu Suzuki has revealed original Shenmue director is returning to the Ys.net team in order to provide its contribute in the making of Shenmue 3. This is a very good news for fans as many feared the game was going to be too much different in comparison with the first couple.
Keiji Okayasu is a “Shenmue veteran” who’s had a “big role” in the building of the series. Here’s what Suzuki said in an update provided via Kickstarter.
“Taking a look at end credits of Shenmue you may noticed this man’s name—Keiji Okayasu. He was the Game Director for Shenmue I, then played a big role through most of Shenmue II, and has now joined the production team for Shenmue III. We are very happy to have back this Shenmue veteran who helped deliver the goods the first time around, and look forward to him doing it again.”
Apart from this, Suzuki didn’t provide any detail about the development process, which is apparently running pretty smooth. Shenmue 3 is releasing in 2017, at the earliest, for PlayStation 4 and PC – is this changing now that Okayasu is on board?