Shenmue 3 release date pushed back to 2019

Shenmue 3 release date pushed back to 2019

Shenmue 3 release date pushed back to 2019
Who’s prepared? (Picture: Deep Silver)

Shenmue followers, mark your calendars… once more.

The subsequent – and really a lot long-awaited – instalment of the cult gaming franchise will lastly arrive subsequent 12 months, publishers Deep Silver have confirmed.

Shenmue III will now be launched in 2019 – that means that gamers can have to wait simply that little bit longer to get their fingers on this title, as a Christmas 2018 release date had most just lately been proffered.

Deep Silver stated in an announcement that the change in release date was compelled upon them so as to guarantee that the Game was totally ‘polished’ earlier than being unveiled.

‘The extra time will be used 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,’ they stated.

Shenmue III - still suffering from uncanny valley
Shenmue III – coming quickly…ish

Taking to the Game’s hugely-popular Kickstarter web page – which raised a record-breaking £4.6 million back in 2015 – Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki apologised to followers for the delay.

‘To all of our backers, we are very sorry for the delay,’ he wrote. ‘After a lot dialogue with our companions, Deep Silver, now we have concluded that extending the release will enable us to ship Shenmue III at its finest.

‘We promise to use this time to enhance the standard of Shenmue III. We can not thanks sufficient on your enduring assist.’

In the meantime, Shenmue followers can console themselves (no pun supposed) with the truth that SEGA are at the moment engaged on a remaster of each Shenmue I and Shenmue II – with the release set to be a single bundle containing each titles.

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