Shenmue 3 has officially been delayed. Developer Yu Suzuki brought the news to Kickstarter backers in the video that’s sourced at the base of this post.
He brings the news formally, in a somber tone. He indicates that game development tech of today is making the game even better than they thought it would be, but it’s also forced them to add more time to their development schedule.
Here’s a bit of what Suzuki says, as transcribed by Polygon.
“We unfortunately must delay its release. By utilizing new technologies we have been able to discover new possibilities and expressions. In many ways the game has become bigger and more beautiful than I initially expected. We do, however, need more time to deliver the game to you…
…In order to achieve the game concept you supported and my sixteen year-long personal dream, we have revised the development schedule,” Suzuki said. “We are moving ahead with a plan to release the game in the second half of 2018. Details will be revealed in the backer report later this month.”
Shenmue 3 was always going to take a long time, wasn’t it? The game became the most-funded video game on Kickstarter ever in 2015 when it brought in more than $6.3 million. It was originally projected to release in December of this year.
Scratch that one off the calendar and pencil it in for the holiday season of 2018, is my bet.