Shenmue 3 Delayed to Second Half of 2018

Development schedule revised due to larger than expected scale.

Posted By | On 08th, Jun. 2017 Under News


If it weren’t bad enough that Ys Net’s Shenmue 3 would be missing E3 2017, creator Yu Suzuki announced in a new video message that the game has been delayed to the second half of 2018. The long-awaited sequel was originally meant to release by December 2017. At least, that was the delivered date on its Kickstarter campaign.

Suzuki said in the video that, “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. 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 announced at E3 2015 during Sony’s press conference. It generated controversy for crowd-funding while also going through Sony’s third party publishing process. What are your thoughts on its delay? Let us know below.

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  • Alistein

    The real problem is there is no clarity on the financial investment made of this game. Games cost a lot today especially when you consider that a staff has to paid for the duration of the development and then there is cost for external things like voice cast, mocap, licenses just to name a few. There is just no way the game can be developed for 6million and Yu has hasn’t mentioned any other partner other than Sony that is only taking marketing rights. My worry is not for time but money are there other partners backing the development financially or not. I fear Yu’s 16 year journey for this game might be disappointing if this game isn’t properly funded and turns just like the first 2, not to mention this game could get buried with things heating up with Scorpio and a bunch of high caliber games hitting.

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