It’s not that surprising, but Shenmue 3 has been officially delayed to the back half of 2018. But, that might be for the best if it’s going to be a truly great game. Yu Suzuki even explains the delay himself in the Kickstarter update. The worry has always been whether it can live up to the original games, and rushing it certainly wouldn’t help.
Suzuki explains that the scope of the project has increased beyond the original plan. You would sort of expect that considering Shenmue 3 was only originally asking for $2m, but ended up with over $6m. That money can take you a lot further, so expanding beyond the original scope is only natural.
There’s been a lot of worry about whether Shenmue 3 can simultaneously capture the old-school, slightly janky early 3D spirit of the original games, while adding delicious modern amenities. Pushing it back to make it the best it can be makes an awful lot of sense, and probably doesn’t really surprise anyone.
Besides, it just means we can enjoy the upcoming Shenmue HD at our own pace, and even more people can begin to get excited for the next chapter in the story!
Shenmue 3 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC during the second half of 2018.