'Shenmue III' will have a noticeably longer playtime.



The follow-up to the 1999 action-adventure game 'Shenmue' and its 2001 sequel is going to be "very varied, richer, and more playable", according to director Yu Suzuki.

Gamers can expect Chinese martial arts fighting, but Suzuki teased that the protagonist, Ryo Hazuki, isn't the only one involved.

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

Suzuki has promised that the mini games will run much better and will have more of an influence on the main game.

'Shenmue' had the distinction of being the most expensive video game ever created.

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 Hazuki, a young martial artist 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.

The game is expected to be made available to those who donated to the campaign on August 27.