YS Net’s highly anticipated trilogy finisher Shenmue 3 is looking increasingly likely to miss its initial street date, which had been set as December 2017. The final sequel to 2001’s cult classic Dreamcast game was a major announcement was it was initially disclosed at E3 2015. Creator Yu Suzuki was hosted on Sony’s stage to announce a Kickstarter campaign to support the release, which proved to be successful, making more than $6.3 billion by the time it finished. There has been little hint of any delays since, with progress seemingly carrying on in the normal way in the past months.
However, YS Net recently shared a new update to Kickstarter backers warning that the initial date was in doubt. Alongside a glimpse of a new character fully rendered in-engine, the developers announced that they would not be attending E3 or any other game shows this June. The official release date hasn’t changed, but the below disclaimer is also present:
“A rigorous budget and schedule has been worked out with our production team and we believe our target of 2017 holiday season is within reach. That said, our goal is to make the best game possible (and one that the fans want!) so please understand the schedule may change as the project evolves.”