The full soundtrack comprises 195 tracks of music.
Brave Wave Productions has announced that the soundtrack to the 2019 narrative-driven adventure game Shenmue III will be released digitally as well as on CD and vinyl.
The complete soundtrack to Shenmue III comprises 195 compositions that include tracks from Shenmue and Shenmue II by Ryuji Iuchi as well as new tracks from the third instalment by the Shenmue sound team.
The CD variant of the Shenmue III soundtrack comes on six discs which are housed in an outer box; the album includes a booklet containing liner notes from Yu Suzuki among others in the Shenmue community and archival artwork. Shipping is expected in early 2021.
The digital Shenmue III soundtrack will be released on 16th November with pre-orders becoming available on 6th November via the Brave Wave Productions Bandcamp store. The digital release will also be available from major digital outlets and streaming services.
The vinyl release of the Shenmue III soundtrack will come in five variants:
- The Shenmue III Original Soundtrack Music Collection is pressed on two 150g 12″ gold and silver vinyl discs containing 33 tracks of music from the game. This release comes with a booklet with liner notes and archival artwork, and a download code for the 33-track digital album.
- Shenmue III The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1: Bailu Village is pressed on five vinyl discs and contains music featured in the first half of the game located in Bailu Village comprising 82 tracks of music. This edition comes in a top-lid box with liner notes, archival artwork, and a download code for the full digital soundtrack.
- Shenmue III The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1: Niaowu is pressed on six vinyl discs comprising 113 tracks that are present in the second half of the game in Niaowu. This edition also comes housed in a top-lid box and includes liner notes, archival artwork, and a download code for the full soundtrack.
- Shenmue III The Definitive Soundtrack Complete Collection is pressed on 11 150g vinyl discs and consolidates the previous two separate volumes into one complete set comprising all 195 tracks of music. The entire 11-disc collection is housed in a top-lid box and comes with liner notes, archival artwork, and a download code the full digital soundtrack. This variant will be exclusive to Limited Run Games and Bigwax and elsewhere for a limited period of time.
- Shenmue III The Definitive Soundtrack Complete Collection – Signed by Yu Suzuki is the fifth and final variant of the soundtrack’s vinyl release and comes with all the items mentioned in the previous variant as well as an A4 poster signed by Suzuki. This is a limited edition with only 500 available from Limited Run Games and Bigwax.
Pre-orders for all five variations of the vinyl release will be available starting 20th November from Limited Run Games and Bigwax with shipping scheduled for spring 2021.
Additional information and mock-ups of the various vinyl editions can be found here.
Shenmue III is developed by Ys Net and available for PlayStation 4 and Windows.
This article was updated at 17:47 GMT on 27th October, 2020. Ryuji Iuchi has clarified that although some of his songs from Shenmue and Shenmue II were used in Shenmue III, he was not involved in the production of the game’s music.