Shenmue III has now reached $7 million in crowdfunding, meaning that a new stretch goal has been reached.
As a result of hitting the latest goal, Ys Net will now add AI Battling to the game. This new system is designed to aid players who are unfamiliar with fighting games by automatically performing techniques.
“This control system lets you automatically unleash the perfect technique in response to the opponent’s positioning and distance” the developer explains. “R&D for this system is based on Yu Suzuki’s concept for players who are not used to fighting games or for those who want a full immersion battle experience. This battle system is highly compatible with, and will be an extension to the current battle system.”
The upcoming game currently has stretch goals up to $11 million that include new battle features and new areas.
Shenmue III is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC, but was recently delayed until 2019 to give the development team time to “polish the quality of the game even further.”