Shenmue III Release Pushed Back to 2019
Publisher Deep Silver and developer Ys Net have confirmed that the launch of Shenmue III has been pushed back to 2019. The reasoning given for the delay is to allow the game to receive additional polish and improved quality ahead of its release for PC and PlayStation 4. Producer and director Yu Suzuki provided the following comment with the announcement:
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.
Originally announced in the early 2000s, Shenmue III was re-announced in 2015 before undergoing a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Sega recently announced that it will be releasing remasters of the first two Shenmue games worldwide. The Shenmue I & II collection will be available for PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime this year.