SEGA have released the next entry in their ‘What is Shenmue’ video series, with this week’s episode focusing on the game’s characters and the role they play in the world.

From Ryo himself to Lan Di, Corey introduces us to Shenmue’s key characters: the mysterious Shenhua appearing in Ryo’s dreams, Ren the Heavens gang leader, and many more friends, foes, and those whom Ryo would be wise to keep an eye on. Beyond the key characters that Ryo encounters, there are hundreds of NPCs awaiting you in the world of Shenmue: love interests, enemies, neighbours and merchants… and of course, a cat.

It’s not long for gamers to wait until they can get their hands on Shenmue I & II – they’re launching on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 21st 2018.