First trailer for long-awaited Shenmue 3 pulls no punches (literally)

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Aug 26, 2017, 7:38 PM EDT (Updated)

The Sega Dreamcast might be dead and buried (R.I.P.), but one of the defunct video game console’s most revolutionary titles is finally getting a sequel. It’s taken a few decades, but now we finally have the first full trailer.

Videogame designer Yu Suzuiki is hard at work on Shenmue III, the long-awaited third installment in his Shenmue game series. The story focuses on an aspiring martial artist named Ryo Hazuki, who sets out to avenge his father’s death in 1980s Japan, and the third installment looks to continue that journey — with a heavy emphasis on the martial arts. The trailer shows Ryo — still sporting his sweet 1980s leather jacket — sparring and fighting, as the footage also focuses on some of the world-building and effects work.

The graphics aren’t all that impressive, sadly, which could explain why the game’s release date was bumped by about six months to allow some additional time in development. Regardless, the pressure is on for Suzuki to deliver. The project was the biggest video game Kickstarter in history, raising around $6 million from fans still dying to see the saga completed.

When the first Shenmue was produced back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it was the most expensive video game ever made. By far. It pioneered the concept of an open-world game, and introduced mechanics that would eventually seep into games across pretty much every genre. It’s a cult hit to this day, and if you’ve got $100 or so burning a hole in your pocket, it's still well worth grabbing a Dreamcast on eBay and tracking down a copy. 

Shenmue III is slated to hit PlayStation 4 and PC in the back half of 2018.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think: