Shenmue 3 Delayed Until 2019
Shenmue 3 has been delayed until next year, publisher Deep Silver has announced. It was due to release during the second half of this year, but developer Ys Net will now take extra time to “polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible time frame”.
Game director Yu Suzuki apologised for the delay in a Kickstarter post, saying: “After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue 3 at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue 3.”
The sequel was Kickstarted in mid-2015 with an estimated release date of December 2017. It remains the most successful gaming Kickstarter ever in terms of money raised, bringing in $6.3 million for a project that initially set a $2 million goal. (In terms of quantity of backers, its 69,320 supporters trails a number of titles; Double Fine Adventure/Broken Age holds the high mark there with 87,142 backers.)
The original Shenmue debuted on the Sega Dreamcast in Japan in 1999 before making its way to North America and Europe the next year. The sequel hit Japanese and European Dreamcasts in 2001, but North American fans had to wait until 2002 for an Xbox port to introduce the game to the region.