“I will be acting my heart out for Shenhua and for you!”

It’s been officially announced that voice actress Haruka Terui will portray the character of Shenhua Ling in the upcoming adventure game Shenmue III.

Shenmue III is a “true sequel” to the first two games and features returning protagonist Ryo Hazuki and elements that fans will recognise, as well as new fighting mechanics to complement the interactive storytelling.

In the Japanese versions of the games, the character of Shenhua Ling has always been voiced by Hazuki Ishigaki and when Terui learned that she had gotten the part, she admitted she was “… both honored and terrified… ”

“Shenmue has been beloved by so many for so long and fans have been waiting [for] her,” said Terui. “As I look Shenhua in the eyes and become her voice, I will remember everyone has their own precious memories and I will do everything I can to keep those memories like they were. The more I learn about her, the more I feel drawn to and taken over by her curious charm. I am incredibly happy to be able to walk alongside her.”

Haruka Terui Shenmue 3 recording 2
(Picture credit: Ys Net)

“I watched ‘Shenmue: The Movie’ which I borrowed from [Masaya Matsukaze] who plays Ryo,” said Terui. “I was greatly impressed you could make a movie just from the scenes in a game. It was actually a shock for me to see how much thought had been put into the dialog and action. Now, watching the Shenmue III movie while we record, the picture is all the more beautiful. The world, the forests, the people…they all live there. I can’t wait to play it. I will be acting my heart out for Shenhua and for you!”

Developed by Ys Net, series creator Yu Suzuki’s development studio has gained the rights from SEGA to use the Shenmue III license. The game is also being produced and directed by Suzuki.

A teaser trailer was unveiled at Gamescom 2017 which you can watch below.

Publisher Deep Silver recently announced that the release of Shenmue III has been pushed back and won’t launch on Windows and PlayStation 4 until 2019. The statement reads: “The extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe.”