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.
According to the very brief announcement on the Deep Silver website, “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.”
Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series, gave this statement concerning the delay: “To all of our [Kickstarter] backers, we are very sorry for the delay. After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue III at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III. We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support.”
This is a bit of a setback considering that the game has been in and out of development over the last decade. Hopefully this will be the last delay (in a long line of delays) for the anticipated title, but we strongly recommend that you don’t hold your breath though.
Fortunately, it seems that its highly-acclaimed predecessors, Shenmue and Shenmue II, are still set to get their high-definition releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018, with SEGA also releasing a Shenmue compilation for the PS4 later this year.
Shenmue III is currently in development for the PS4 and PC.