In 1987, following the events of Shenmue II, teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki has journeyed from Yokosuka, Japan, to the mountains of Guilin, China, in search of his father’s killer, Lan Di in Shenmue III.
There he met Ling Shenhua, a mysterious girl who previously appeared in his dreams.
After learning the legend of her village, Ryo and Shenhua embark on a new journey which reveals their shared destiny. Lan Di returns, with a new antagonist, Niao Sun.
The second area, Choubu, is “a riverside village with lots of shops, souvenir stores, hotels and temples”, and the third area, Baisha, features a “siege game reminiscent of the Warring Kingdoms”.
Ryo can make phone calls to Japan to catch up with characters from previous instalments.
Shenmue III does not conclude the story, as Suzuki hopes to create more sequels in the series.