Shenmue III Delayed to 2019

Shenmue III has been delayed to 2019, publisher Deep Silver announced. It was previously planned for release in the second half of 2018.

“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 timeframe,” Deep Silver said in a statement.

In a Kickstarter blog post, the director Yu Suzuki commented, “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 the game at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of the game.”

Shenmue III will be available for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has issued a statement on the ordeal: “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.”

To me, this is key: “after much discussion with our partners.” It seems like no one wants a repeat of Mighty No. 9, least of all Deep Silver who were involved in that mess, and everyone wants to make sure Shenmue III is legit before it gets shown to the world. That’s fine with me, as the odds of a major studio and publisher running away with this and taking their ball home is very, very low — it’ll likely come out eventually.

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