Hopes were not high for seeing Shenmue 3 this side of Christmas, but it turns out it’s more likely to be found on Santa’s sleigh next year, after director Yu Suzuki confirmed the game would need longer in development. This is not a huge surprise for anyone who’s been following the development, as updates have been incredibly sporadic since the initial announcement, and what little footage we’ve seen has looked incredibly unfinished. Suzuki clarified, in a video statement to Kickstarter backers that they wouldn’t see Shenmue 3 until the second half of 2018, representing a potential one year delay. Given how long fans have had to wait since Shenmue 2 to get to this point, I’m sure one more year won’t prove too taxing for the diehards.
“It’s been over two years since we began this incredible endeavour together. By utilising 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 16 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. Thank you very much for your understanding and continued support.”