Shenmue 3's First DLC Will Let You Play As Someone Other Than Ryo

Shenmue 3's First DLC Will Let You Play As Someone Other Than Ryo

Some new playable characters enter the fray.

There's some more content on the way for those eager for the next steps in Ryo Hazuki's quest for vengeance and answers. Shenmue 3 will get Battle Rally DLC, the first pack of downloadable content for the game, later this month, and it has a series first: you get to play as someone other than Ryo.

In addition to Ryo, you'll be able to play as his sparring partner Wei Zhen or the treasure-seeking Wuying Ren. The DLC adds a race course to speed through, battling various contestants along the way toward the finish line. Prizes await those who manage to finish in first place.

The DLC drops on Jan. 21, 2020 for $7.99, or as part of the Complete DLC Collection.

There is still plenty of Shenmue to explore, as series creator Yu Suzuki told USgamer at E3 2019 that Shenmue 3 will only get us through so much of Ryo Hazuki's story. Though, this Battle Rally sounds like it's more of a side activity than another major plot point.

Shenmue 3 itself feels a bit like a time capsule to the age of Dreamcast development. Despite all the years between the first two and the third, it still somehow feels just like playing the first Shenmue game did. But it's also much larger, more than was originally planned, and now you will have even more to do on your quest through China for Ryo's father's killer. At the very least, "footrace battle royale" is not a terrible excuse to play some more Shenmue.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Necrobarista Will Get Free DLC Stories About Its Supporting Cast

With additional gameplay fixes and adjustments on the way.

Microsoft Clarifies Which Xbox Series X Games Are Cross-Gen

There appear to be six exclusives in total.

Need help?

Outer Wilds Walkthrough

You’re pretty much left to your own devices in Outer Wilds. Here’s a recommended path.

Zelda Link's Awakening Signpost Maze - How to Make it Through the Signpost Puzzle

Here's our guide on making it through the Signpost puzzle in Zelda Link's Awakening as easily as possible.

No Man's Sky Tips - How to Get Started in 2019

Here are some tips to help you get a strong start in No Man's Sky.

Zelda Breath of the Wild Boss Guides - How to Beat Every Boss and Conquer Every Dungeon

This is our complete Zelda Breath of the Wild bosses guide, detailing every single boss and all the dungeons in Hyrule.