Shenmue 3 Team Shows Off Characters' Facial Expressions

Shenmue 3 Team Shows Off Characters' Facial Expressions

Reserved parking for the world's angriest grandma.

Last month, we got our first trailer for the Kickstarter-funded Shenmue 3. Reactions to the new media were generally favorable, save for one issue: The characters lacked facial expressions.

In the trailer, series hero Ryo, his friends, and his enemies are stiffer-faced than Barbie dolls. As viewers turned away in mild shock and confusion, game director Yu Suzuki assured the world Shenmue 3's characters will emote in the final build.

Today, we have confirmation the Shenmue 3 team is working hard at bridging the uncanny valley. The latest Dev Room Progress Report shows Ys Net's animators messing around with a grandma's face.

If this woman offers you ribbon candy, run away.

Shenmue 3, which is being published by Deep Silver, is coming to the PlayStation 4 in the latter half of 2018.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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