Shenmue III Delayed Until 2019, According to Deep Silver

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Taking to the game's hugely-popular Kickstarter page - which raised a record-breaking £4.6 million back in 2015 - Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki apologised to fans for the delay. It was originally supposed to come out in December 2017. Before today, the game had a vague 2018 release window, but now we'll be waiting at least half a year before the game finally arrives.

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. To "polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe".

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"Deep Silver today announced that its upcoming release Shenmue III has been moved and will now release in 2019", reads the publisher's statement.

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. It was the animations that had many questioning the quality of the game. That's where Deep Silver has stepped in to publish and provide support. Shenmue 3 quickly met that crowdfunding goal, and in the years since then, new information about the game has been only sporadic.