Yes, Shenmue 3 Will Have Forklifts

Yes, Shenmue 3 Will Have Forklifts

Don't you need a special license to drive those?

Shenmue fans, rejoice. Koch Media has announced that forklifts, that's right forklifts, are coming back for Shenmue 3. Pack it up, game of the year is here.

Shenmue 3 is the long-awaited sequel to Yu Suzuki's slice-of-life action-adventure. The forklift was part of a minigame in the first Shenmue, when Ryo Hazuki had to take on some part-time jobs to scrounge up cash for his adventure. The forklift job was just one popular minigame, helped by a catchy theme song.

The forklift became something of a proto-meme; Ryo can even drive one as part of his appearance in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. Suzuki even tweeted a photo of a forklift as a teaser for Shenmue 3. Basically, it's become a kind of mascot for the series in a weird way.

Koch Media's video game publishing division, Deep Silver, is publishing Shenmue 3. The company posted an official photo of Ryo in the forklift today, in glorious high-definition. Just get a look at those... lifters? Regardless, the forklift means that Shenmue 3 will be keeping with series tradition and will have part-time jobs. We knew this already, but now we know forklift driving will be making a welcome return too.

Shenmue 3 is coming out on August 27, 2019 for PS4 and PC.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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