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Shenmue III Begins Map Testing, New Screenshots Reveal Visual Progress

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Ys Net has posted an update for Shenmue III.

Following the game’s successful Kickstarter campaign, the project has moved into its third month of development. Now, Ys Net has given us a look at the story and scenarios of the game, as well as the game’s improved visuals.

“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 states.

“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.”

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The above screenshots were revealed by the developer. Ys Net made a note in saying the above scenes are “still in testing.”

Ryo is still using an older model, and some objects, like the men in black suits, are just placeholders. The battle scenes are angled that way to avoid spoilers, by the way.

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Brandon Orselli

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