“Can you open drawers and closets like in the old games?” I asked Yu Suzuki, the man behind the Shenmue series.
“Of course” he said. “It’s Shenmue, after all.”
That was the moment I realized that Shenmue III was going to be all I could have hoped for.
“Every time I hold the controller to play the game, it feels like a dream come true,” Shenmue III co-producer Cedric Biscay told me. Biscay was originally a fan of the Shenmue series himself, but as the CEO of Shibuya Productions, he was instrumental in helping Yu Suzuki’s YsNet fund development of the game, long before the crowdfunding campaign had made Suzuki over $7 million.