Shenmue 3 Delayed Again, Now Slated For 2019 Release


A crowdfunding campaign for the long-awaitedShenmue III was announced almost three years ago at E3 2015, and since then, we've seen numerous developer updates and release date shifts.

Shenmue 3 was officially announced during Sony's E3 2015 presentation, with the game being developed using funds from a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign.

Deep Silver's announcement of this delay doesn't give us much to go on, except that the delay seems to be necessary in order to further polish the game, and have it meet the unwieldy expectations of Shenmue evangelists.

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Deep Silver has announced that Shenmue III, which was originally slated for release in the second half of 2018, has now, unsurprisingly, been delayed vaguely until 2019.

Director Yu Suzuki released his own statement on the game's Kickstarter page, as well, expressing his apologies to those who backed the game. This will allow developer YS Net some extra time to "polish the quality of the game", though for Shenmue fans it is yet another hurdle they face in finally getting their hands on the long-awaited game. More than $6 million was raised on the platform, far above the $2 million goal, in addition to the funding provided by Deep Silver. To be honest, if it means a better game at launch, we're all for it.

This is a bit of a setback considering that the game has been in and out of development over the last decade.