In the video game industry, it doesn’t come often for fans to be so in love with a franchise that they make its continuation a reality on all their own. In Shenmue’s case, fans were the sole reason why we now get a sequel. Series creator, Yu Suzuki believes that Shenmue 3 is best experienced when played slowly and we can’t argue with his vision.
In a recent interview with PlayStation Access, Suzuki talked more about Shenmue 3 and how the series fanbase impacted his work. Gamers are a hard crowd and the fact that they continue supporting his franchise almost 2 decades after the last installment is exceptional. Suzuki knows what is at stake and wants to provide the best experience for fans. To do so, he believes that players must play the game slowly and experience everything it has to offer. He claims:
“If people spend enough time with Shenmue 3, if they don’t rush and play it slowly, then they’ll get a warm feeling about the game. That’s when players will love it.”
The reason why this is a great piece of great advice is due to the fact that Shenmue 3 is a game about feelings above all. There’s no huge climaxes, or grand scale battles or super deep customization. The main point of it is creating feelings to players and that’s something the franchise takes great pride in.
Suzuki believes that most of his games’ success is due to the protagonist, Ryo Hazuki. Even though he’s just a regular guy, his charm is part of why we loved the series in the first place.
To top that, Suzuki isn’t taking the success of Shenmue 3 for granted. To be able to develop the game just as he wanted, he interviewed people, traveled to China in order to experience the countryside and get a good feeling of what’s important to the franchise.
In his interview, he calls Shenmue 3 a miracle due to the love the community has given it. When a game is made with that amount of dedication and love, its success is predefined.
Shenmue 3 is finally releasing on November 19th for Playstation 4 and PC. This probably isn’t the last series’ game we’ll see since Suzuki believes that it will be “the beginning of the end” for the franchise.