Shenmue 3 Has Been Delayed... Again

By Sam Quirke, 3 months ago
You've waited for Shenmue III for 18 years. Surely you can wait a little longer? That's what Yu Suzuki is betting on, as the game has been pushed back to the end of the year to make final "refinements".

Shenmue III Delayed

As stated in the latest Kickstarter update, Yu Suzuki claims the game is "almost ready" but that the extra development time will allow the team to deliver the "true Shenmue experience" players deserve.

While previously slated for a August 27th 2019 release date, Shenmue III will now release on November 19th 2019, putting it directly in the path of Death Stranding which releases just over a week earlier.

Check out the first Shenmue III gameplay shown off at GDC earlier in the year.
Fans and backers on Kickstarter have generally been cordial about the delay. However there are some concerns about aiming for perfection — each delay has come with a message that the game needs more tweaks to be absolutely perfect, meaning that long-time backers are now expecting something truly exceptional. Will Shenmue III be able to deliver? Let us know in the comments.

We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Shenmue III trophies.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been gaming long enough to know the pain of a failed DOS install on the fifth floppy disc. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books of all genres or trading Pokémon with his wife.