Shenmue 3 Delayed to 2019

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

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.

The development cycle for Shenmue 3 has been slow going, with the game originally set to launch at the end 2017. After missing that date, the open-world forklift-driving simulator is getting another delay from sometime this year to sometime in 2019. '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. It appeared that the game would finally make it into the wild in 2018, but publisher Deep Silver has made a decision to push it into next year. Since then, fans of the series have asked Sega - and anyone else who would listen - to continue the unfinished story. Highly publicized Kickstarter games run the risk of letting down backers. If there's an upside to this announcement, it's that we might see more from the game at E3 next month, so if you're looking forward the game, keep an eye out for a possible appearance.


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.

But even with publisher backing, Shenmue III couldn't afford another delay.

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