Shenmue III is returning to the dojo until the second half of 2018, series creator Yu Suzuki has announced. The game was previously scheduled to launch later this year, but even the most ardent fans of the franchise must have anticipated a delay – especially when developer Ys Net ruled out an appearance at E3 2017 earlier in the year.
Speaking as part of an update to Kickstarter backers, Suzuki said that the game “has become bigger and more beautiful” than initially expected, and that his team needs a bit more time to deliver it. To be honest, we fully anticipated this, so it’s not really come as a shock or anything like that. We would like to see the kind of progress that’s being made, though – it has been almost two years now!