Shenmue 1 Game Director Returns For Shenmue 3

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The game director for Shenmue 1 has returned for Shenmue 3 as director on the game.

The news was just announced on Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter page. Keiji Okayasu was game director on the original Shenmue, and an important figure for Shenmue 2. After the latter, he left Sega to work on several projects, including DS versions of Dynasty Warriors.

Taking a look at end credits of Shenmue you may noticed this man’s name—Keiji Okayasu. He was the Game Director for Shenmue I, then played a big role through most of Shenmue II, and has now joined the production team for Shenmue III. We are very happy to have back this Shenmue veteran who helped deliver the goods the first time around, and look forward to him doing it again.

So, this month we would like to give an interview with Keiji to get to know a little bit more about him, and see what he hopes to accomplish as a director for Shenmue III.

We’re looking forward to Shenmue 3, and we’ll report back when we learn more about the highly anticipated title from Yu Suzuki.Ys

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