Back at Gamescom in August, Yu Suzuki released a trailer for the Kickstarted Shenmue III, which drew criticism for the facial animation, or the lack thereof. Now, the developers have released another video to show it’s no longer a problem, depending on your definition of problem.
The criticism prompted director Yu Suzuki to explain that the trailer had the facial animation was actually removed from the trailer. The dev update shows it being utilized on a scary (their words) grandmother, and a short look at a young girl who also emotes through facial expressions.
The update has been controversial on the game’s update post, with some backers expressing cynicism about the way the animations look and many others happy for the improvement.
You can check out the update below. The game is scheduled for release in 2018 on PC and PlayStation 4.