This E3 marked the end of one of the most infamous rumours of all time within the videogame industry. Yu Suzuki, creator of the beloved Shenmue franchise, took to Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) stage during last week’s press conference to announce a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the long-anticipated Shenmue III. Of course, Project Morpheus, SCE’s anticipated virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) also featured at the event. Is there any chance the two projects could one day combine for a Shenmue VR? Suzuki himself ‘loves’ the idea.
The developer stated as much during a recent Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, though confirmed that such support likely wouldn’t make it into Shenmue III when it arrives on PlayStation 4 and PC. “Right now, there are no plans for a vr system compatibility,” he replied when asked about possible support, “but I love the idea of using it to peer into the world of Shenmue.” While PlayStation 4 has Project Morpheus, PC supports a number of HMDs such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Could the franchise arrive on these devices in the future?
Such support would no doubt be a dream come true for many, although the existence of Shenmue III itself will have answered a lot of prayers. Shenmue III’s crowd-funding campaign currently sits at over $3,500,000 million USD raised, nearly doubling its initial $2,000,000 goal. The campaign is set to come to a close on 18th July 2015 and there’s a number of stretch goals that the developer hopes to surpass within that time. The title is currently estimated for a full release in December 2017 on both PC and PlayStation 4. SCE itself will be supporting it with its own funding.
VRFocus will continue to follow any news surrounding a possible Shenmue VR, reporting back with the latest updates.