Shenmue III co-producer Cédric Biscay was recently interviewed by Japanese magazine Famitsu
at MAGIC 2017, the free event in Monaco promoted by his company Shibuya Productions.
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blog has translated the interview, containing a brief update on the status of Shenmue III development:
Q: Shibuya Productions is also engaged in the development of Shenmue 3. Why did you become involved with Shenmue 3?
A: I was originally a fan of Shenmue, and I thought it was a great shame that there was no 3 after playing 1 and 2. And so whenever I would meet Yu Suzuki at European events, as a joke I would ask him, "Is Shenmue 3 ready yet?"
Q: So you already had contact with Mr Suzuki?
A: Actually Shibuya Productions had been working on another project with Mr Suzuki. While that project unfortunately didn't go ahead, I heard that the development of Shenmue 3 had become a very real possibility and decided to get involved as Shibuya Productions. That was before fund-raising began with Kickstarter.
Q: What specifically is your involvement with Shenmue 3?
A: As a backer and as co-producer, I check whether development is moving along well or not.
Q: Something that I think many fans will want to know is, how is the current state of development?
A: It's going smoothly! As long as Yu Suzuki doesn't break his wrist, I think things will progress as planned. Please look forward to it.
Check out the rest of the interview at the link above for Cédric's comments on the Japanese game industry and his company's other projects including new anime series of Astro Boy and Cobra.