Shenmue III was never coming out this year, but now publisher Deep Silver has confirmed. In an outstandingly brief statement, the firm said that the “extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further”. Considering the scant snippets of gameplay we’ve seen thus far have been barely polished at all, it’s probably for the best.
Of course the good news is that you’ll have the recently announced high-definition re-releases of Shenmue I & II to tide you over, with SEGA slating a PlayStation 4 compilation for later this year. The delay is disappointing but the writing was on the wall – honestly, we’ll be surprised if it doesn’t get pushed back into 2020 yet.