Lead concept artist for Sony’s The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, John Sweeney, turned out to be a Shenmue fan and have decided to help speed up the game’s Kickstarter, which have gathered 4.3 Million as of the time of writing, by drawing an official limited edition art based on the classic Shenmue game series.
His photos are found on Candb and are priced at as low as $99 up to $1600. The price range is created since the drawings are available in 2 sizes, 16 H x 31 W inch and 24 H x 47 W inch. The 16 H x 31 W version has 3 finishes available, Dibond + Liquid Gloss and
John Sweeney commented on his Shenmue artwork, saying that he is really excited the game’s finally happening.
“I’m so excited that Shenmue 3 is finally happening! I wanted to capture the moment just after Ryo’s father Iwao is killed by Lan Di. In the game the scene stops with Ryo cradling Iwao and screaming “No!”. I wanted to imagine a shot where Ryo is standing just outside the dojo where is father was just killed. It is cold and very early in the morning. Snow is falling. The morning light is still weak and only some of the wood interior is catching light from the outside. Ryo’s pose already hints at him seeking revenge.”
Shenmue III is expected to release in 2017 for the PS4 and PC.