During the G-Fusion Tour 2018 in Xiamen, the director of Shenmue 3, Yu Suzuki, revealed new details about the game. Shenmue 3 Duplicates the duration of the previous games, the secondary missions are no longer separated from the main story.
Shenmue 3 will be a much bigger game than the previous entries in the series, as it takes several weeks to complete.
This is according to a talk that Yu Suzuki and the animation producer Hiroaki Takeuchi of Shenmue 3 took place at the G-Fusion Tour 2018 in Xiamen, China.
Shenmue 1 and 2 could be completed in a week. Suzuki hinted that the game could be played once the main story ended without having to start a new game.
According to a translation of the talk and information from several interviews provided by Spaghetti in the forums of Shenmue Dojo, Suzuki hinted that there might be more arguments or systems to explore once the game is over.
Secondary missions are no longer separated from the main story to provide a more cohesive experience.
It was also said that mini-games will have a greater impact on the overall game. This is due to better integration, and while some of the mini-games of Shenmue 1 and 2 return, most are new in the series. It was confirmed that Excite QTE, Gashapon, Lucky Hit and forklift races return.