'Shenmue 3' is getting a story expansion DLC pack next week.



On February 18, the Story Quest Pack arrives and comes with "new quests full of mystery, intrigue and action".

Plus main "hero" Ryo Hazuki is set to "cross paths with a familiar face from the past, Shuqin Zhang, and quickly become embroiled in a new escapade where nothing is as it seems."

This is the second DLC following January's 'Battle Rally'.

The latter saw Wuying Ren and Ryo's sparring partner, Wei Zhen, become playable characters.

A description stated that it "offers fresh gaming activities in a race unlike any other, as contestants engage in head to head battles whilst racing their way through the course.

"Furthermore, for the first time in 'Shenmue III' players will have the chance to step into the shoes of another protagonist!

"In addition to playing the hero of our story Ryo Hazuki, players can also choose the treasure-seeking Wuying Ren and making her first appearance in this game, Ryo's sparring partner, Wei Zhen."

Meanwhile, 'Shenmue' creator Yu Suzuki previously vowed to continue the franchise.

After the third title, the follow-up to the 1999 action-adventure game 'Shenmue' and its 2001 sequel, was finally released after a series of delays last year, Suzuki promised fans they can expect a fourth instalment and vowed to "never give up" trying to "complete its story".

In a thank you letter to fans, he wrote: "For as long as there are those who wish to see Shenmue live on, I will never give up on my own personal journey to complete its story.

"As with Shenmue 3, the Shenmue story is with you.

"I sincerely hope that, together, we can continue to spin the tale of Ryo and his adventures in Shenmue 4. (sic)"

'Shenmue' features Chinese martial arts fighting, but the protagonist, Ryo, isn't the only one involved.

As well as the main gameplay, there are mini games in the form of fan-favourites, Lucky Hit, forklift truck racing, Excite QTE, and toy capsules.

Its sequel was released for the Dreamcast in Europe and Japan in 2001, but was ported to the original Xbox the following year.

Both games put players in the role of Ryo, who is on a quest to avenge his father's death and ultimately uncover the secret behind a mysterious relic known as the Dragon Mirror.

The titles are renowned for their impressive open world, deep battle system.

'Shenmue III' became Kickstarter's most-funded video game ever, raising $7.1 million.