Ys Net has shared an update on Shenmue III this morning, providing new information and screenshots.
Shenmue III is in its third month of development. The story and scenarios are out of the planning stages and are being filled into the game world.
“In this phase of the development, the major work being done is the map testing. Map testing will define the different areas to make sure they are neither too big, nor too small to get to that Goldilocks zone,” the update reads.
“This consists of looking at the layout of a certain space, and experimenting to make necessary alterations. For example, an outside area may feel too open. That space may be reduced by 20%, and the number of people there increased from 10 to 16, to affect the proper consistency and density of the area.”
The following screenshots were shared. It’s worth noting that they’re all “still in testing.” Ryo is an older model, and some objects, like the men in black suits, are being used as placeholders. The battle scene shots were purposely taken at awkward angles to avoid spoilers.
View the screenshots in high-res at the gallery.
Shenmue III is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC.