The development cycle for Shenmue 3 has been slow going, with the game originally set to launch at the end 2017. A delay then pushed it back to the second half of 2018, and now another one is pushing the game’s release back to 2019.
Publisher Deep Silver made the announcement, giving the usual reasons for why games get delayed. They said that “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 then chimed in on the game’s Kickstarter page, saying “To all of our 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.”
It’s always a bummer when a game gets delayed, but when it’s one like Shenmue 3 it’s just downright cruel. Fans have been waiting for well over a decade for this game to finally release, and these delays being thrown on top of that aren’t making anything easier. Still, as long as they can ensure that the game will be as good as it possibly can be, I guess we can all just suck it up for now.
Shenmue 3 is in development by Ys Net for PlayStation 4 and PC. SEGA recently announced that they will be releasing remasters for the first two games later this year, though an official release date has not yet been set. The remasters will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC