Shenmue III Game Delayed to 2nd Half of 2018

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Shenmue III project director Yu Suzuki announced via a video on Thursday that the development team is delaying the game until the second half of 2018. The development team will release a Backer Report later this month that will reveal more information.

Suzuki explained regarding the delay:

It's been almost two years since we began this incredible endeavor together. 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 this 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.

Shenmue III was originally slated for the PlayStation 4 and PC in December 2017.

Suzuki announced the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign at the PlayStation E3 press conference in June 2015 with an initial goal of US$2 million. The campaign met that goal within nine hours of launching before adding stretch goals for the previous games' cinema shorts, subtitles in five languages (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese), rapport and skill tree systems, an expanded Baisha village setting, and five mini games.

[Via Siliconera]

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