This is sad news indeed for the Shenmue fans who have been anticipating Shenmue 3 since the release of the second instalment 17 years ago. When the series creator Yu Suzuki launched a Kickstarter campaign to resurrect the series back, it broke the Internet and the Shenmue 3 campaign became the most-funded Kickstarter video game project of all-time at USD$6.3 million.
The publisher Deep Silver announced that the release of Shenmue 3 has moved to a new date and will be released on 2019. The reason for the delay is “to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe.”
In the latest update note, the creator took the time to address the hold-up for the backers of the project. He said, “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. We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support.”
This is not the first time Shenmue 3 has been delayed. Initially, the game was slated to release in December last year but it was moved to launch on the second half of 2018.
Although the repeated delays for Shenmue 3 can be frustrating to fans, others can look forward to be playing the first two games again in higher definition which will be released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One coming this year.
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