We’ve already been waiting nearly 17 years for Shenmue III. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for Yu Suzuki’s long-awaited third instalment.
As revealed by Gematsu, publisher Deep Silver announced that the release of the game has been pushed back to 2019. The reason given is that extra time is needed to, “polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe.”
Suzuki also updated the Shenmue III Kickstarter page with a post about the delay, apologising to those who backed the project, 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. We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support.”
Set to be released for PlayStation 4 and PC, development on Shenmue III began after a successful Kickstarter campaign in June 2015, raising more than $6 million (over its $2 million target). Until then, you can at least play through the first two games again.