Shenmue 3 and Unreal Engine Are Good Fits For Each Other, Says Shenmue Director

However, it also makes it a bit harder to fine tune things.

Posted By | On 08th, Sep. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

Shenmue 3 is going to be made using a third party engine- Unreal Engine (the first game in the series to not be made on an internal, proprietary engine, actually). This is a big deal, because the original games had custom engines built for them, to be able to create an immersive, living world- which was one of the reasons that they were, and remain, among the most expensive games ever created.

However, making the third one on Unreal Engine changes things. Speaking with Eurogamer at Gamescom, Yu Suzuki, the creator of the series, and director of the upcoming game, talked about how Unreal Engine made things easier for the development of the game.

“Unreal Engine is a great fit for our approach because we can prototype very quickly. To me, this is a valuable feature. In my case, I take on a lot of new challenges and rely on a lot of trial and error. I need to be able to quickly see the results and try out new ideas. I feel that the concept of the Unreal Engine and my approach to developing the game is a good match,” he said.

That said, he did point out that because Unreal Engine was a premade solution, it became harder to finetune things at a lower level with it. “In the case of a game engine like Unreal, however, it’s a kind of ‘black box’ so it’s more challenging to fine tune everything at a lower level. I’m working to find the best way to utilize the engine which means sometimes adjusting the game scenario or plan itself to better accommodate the tools set. Overall, though, I think it’s a really good engine,” he said.

Of course, development on any engine, even a custom proprietary engine, is basically a series of trade-offs- and for a game like Shenmue, Unreal Engine 4, which is versatile, flexible, and cheap, may have been the best bet, to ensure that the new game is cheaper to develop, while also living up to the legacy of the originals. Shenmue 3 is due out next year for PS4 and PC.

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  • Mr Xrat

    Great to see this game shaping up well, hope the fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for.

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    • Fweds

      What would you of said about this article and game if it wasn’t also going to the PS4 ?

      If Sony wasn’t impressed enough with what they were shown of this in the planning stages then it doesn’t bode well for the game itself.

      Having to get money through Kickstarter is not a good sign and people should definitely wait until the game is out before deciding to buy it.

    • Mr Xrat

      I would have said the same thing.

      But of course, it’s all academic because the people you would give your life for don’t actually get you what you beg for. They get you Super Lucky’s Tale and marketing deals for inbound debacles like Shadow of War. Oh well.

    • Fweds

      No you would not of said the same thing at all.

      Haven’t got a clue what you wrote is even supposed to mean ! Have you ?
      Though I understand marketing deals which is of course what 70%, of Sony are involved in Especially as they have no AAA multiplayer titles of their own.
      Which reminds me how’s Destiny 2 running on the Protato for you ? Seems a large amount of Protato owners are having a serious issue that could turn out to be a hardware problem.

      I didn’t know Shadow of war had a deal with MS, Sony obviously missed that catch but I know PUBG is just about to release on Xbox console only which is more to my and most Xbox (and Sony fanboys) interest.

    • Mr Xrat

      Nice evidence, Xgimp.

      Of course you’re struggling to understand simple sentences, you’re a bit of a mor()n. Oh, and a parasite. 🙂

  • Xbox One X unlocked

    Game we never asked for.
    Show us a link we have port begged for it, we haven’t.


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