After making the mistake of continuing to watch Game of Thrones after the show overtook the books on which it had been based, I think I’d probably have to hold off on watching a second season until after I’d played Shenmue 4.If we're fortunate enough to get a second season, I'd have absolutely no issue with the story advancing beyond the games. In fact, I'd be happy enough to see it reach a resolution in anime form ahead of the games wrapping up, especially if it follows Yu's initial manuscripts and planned chapter structure.
That said, the TV show completely killed GRRM’s motivation to the point where he still hasn’t even written one of the two remaining books - so I’d still be waiting. Given how poorly the last few seasons of the show were handled though, I’m not sure that I care about reading them anymore.
I’d hate to find myself feeling that way about playing Shenmue 4 or 5.