It appears that Shenmue 3 may be headed to the Xbox One. According to eagle-eyed users of popular gaming forum ResetEra, the Shenmue 3 website refers to a possible Xbox One release in its source code. While no means an official confirmation, the timing is interesting. Reason being, Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 2019 conference takes place early next week where we should see a proper reveal. On further inspection, the Shenmue 3 site also has the Xbox One version as a pre-order option too.
Earlier, Shenmue 3 was revealed for the PS4 and PC. It was one of the major announcements for Sony at E3 2015 alongside Final Fantasy VII Remaster. Although the game is now delayed to later in the year, we won’t be surprised to see it available on the Xbox One at the same time it hits other platforms. The new Shenmue 3 release date is November 19, 2019.
This makes sense when you consider that Shenmue 2 graced the original Xbox and Shenmue 1 and 2 were re-released for the Xbox One (aside from hitting the PS4 and PC). Perhaps it opens the doors for other titles like Yakuza 0 and Judgment hitting the Xbox One in the future? We sure hope so.
What’s more is, the game has an Indian connection. Gurgaon-based Lakshya Digital is working on Shenmue 3’s art.
“Shenmue 3 will have a host of new, compelling characters from all walks of life. And while we can’t say just how many, it will be a lot! The game art studio Lakshya Digital will be cooperating with us to bring these great characters to life. Lakshya Digital is based in Gurgaon (one of India’s financial and technology hubs) and has studios in Pune and Seattle, where production work for the game is underway,” a post on the official Shenmue 3 website reads.