Shenmue III Delayed Into 2018

Shenmue III Delayed Into 2018 Says Series Creator

Action-adventure game Shenmue III has been delayed into 2018 according to a new update.

The post over on the game’s Kickstarter page features a video from series creator Yu Suzuki who states the following:

“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.”

Fans can expect a lengthy delay too as the game was scheduled for release in December of this year but now won’t see release until the second half of 2018.

Suzuki first announced the third instalment in the franchise at E3 2015 during Sony’s press conference and announced the title would be funded via Kickstarter for Windows and PlayStation 4.

Shenmue III

Shenmue 3

To date the project has earned over $6 million from 69,000 backers. Suzuki has previously stated that $10 million would be the figure needed for a “true” open world game but that he would “make what he can within the budget.”

The first game in the series was developed and released by Sega in 1999 for the Dreamcast system followed by the sequel in 2001 which was also later ported to Xbox.

The series has garnered many positive reviews and has somewhat of a cult following which explains the anticipation surrounding the title.

The game is in development at Suzuki’s own studio Ys Net alongside several of the original game’s development team including writer Masahiro Yoshimoto and composer Ryuji Iuchi.

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