For those of us who are still hyped for some Shenmue III, the slow crawl of new information regarding the third entry in the legendary series hasn’t always been that enjoyable! But hey! The team felt the need to share some news with us all today so here we go!

First they teased us with a new female character!

She has to be of some importance, I would like to think.

We gave a first look of this character earlier. You’ll have to wait and see how she fits in with the temple in the background.

Is what the team said over on their Kickstarter page. They then revealed that Lakshya Productions, who focus solely on art assets and have helped with such major titles as Metal Gear Solid V and Bloodborne, will be helping with character production! Yeaaaah. They have some experience with this kind of thing.

Ys Net official statement on the partnership:

Shenmue III will have a host of new, compelling characters from all walks of life.

And while we can’t say just how many, it will be a lot! The game art studio Lakshya Digital will be cooperating with us to bring these great characters to life. Lakshya Digital is based in Gurgaon (one of India’s financial and technology hubs) and has studios in Pune and Seattle, where production work for the game is underway.

There you have it! A new character reveal and a new partnership that will hopefully help ease the mighty strain of development. Shenmue III in late 2018?! #BELIEVE!