Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Deep Silver Delays Shenmue 3 for PS4/PC Into 2019 for Additional Polishing

Deep Silver Delays Shenmue 3 for PS4/PC Into 2019 for Additional Polishing

"Deep Silver today announce that their upcoming release Shenmue III has been moved and will now release in 2019", the announcement reads. A teaser trailer released back in 2017 was criticized for the bizarrely blank facial expressions of its characters. No other monthly window was given, just a general "next year sometime".

Deep Silver's announcement of this delay doesn't give us much to go on, except that the delay seems to be necessary in order to further polish the game, and have it meet the unwieldy expectations of Shenmue evangelists.

Shenmue 3/YouTube
Shenmue 3/YouTube

Shenmue 3's developer said the following about the delay: "the extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe". Highly publicized Kickstarter games run the risk of letting down backers. While that turned it into a huge crowdfunding campaign, $6.3 million is a small budget for a large, open-world narrative experience.

If you're looking for a similar game to tide you over until (or if) Shenmue III eventually releases, consider checking out the Yakuza series. It's been a long, long time since Shenmue 2 was released for the Sega Dreamcast, of all things, which means the wait for Shenmue 3 is quickly closing in on a whopping 17 years.

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