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!
One of the least surprising delays ever. Virtually everyone expected it.
Expected. The only problem is that E2015 was a preview for 2018, which still so far!
So it's coming out in 2019, then?
E32015 was a good way to sell the PS5.
Still a good game comes from time...usually
@BLP_Software People say this, but of the many games shown at that presser, we're only waiting on two. And we knew there and then that Shenmue hadn't started yet because it was a Kickstarter so...
@get2sammyb Which was weird.
Oh. Kingdom Hearts 3 when was that announced? 2012 or 2013?
@BLP_Software Two years before! Square Enix!
I'd just like to give them props for saying "second half" to narrow it down some. I don't like when companies say things like "it's coming out in 2017" when 2017 is already halfway over.
How many games can we name name right now, supposedly coming out in 2017, that still don't have dates yet? I know some of those will get dates at E3, but still. Are there any games due out in 2016 that still don't have dates yet? Rainbow Skies, the sequel to Rainbow Moon, was due out in 214, 2015, 2016 and now 2017, and it still isn't dated yet.
What i want to know is when and if the Shenmue HD collection is released any time soon.
III will see the light of dawn in 2020 no doubt.
@KitsuneNight They definitely need to push out an HD collection sooner rather than later if they expect any sales outside of the Kickstarter backers. Shenmue is still considered somewhat of a cult classic, having barely sold more than 2 million between the two games. People need to get some exposure to it before, you know, 2018-2019.
The game being delayed is fine.
The game not having released a single gameplay trailer so far is worrisome.
Are Shenmue and bloodstained doomed to follow Mighty No9's footsteps?
Oh they are finally being upfront about it.
A little because I don't think it will make that date either.
No surprises really, just hope it'll be worth thewait.
Not surprised it's delayed but what about the HD collection of the first two Shenmue games? That's what I'm curious about.
Waited this long, what's another year?
No surprise. Im just hoping that its good when it comes out.
A delay is no problem with me.
How does Naughty dog get out 5 games TLOU, 4-5 Uncharted games while others struggle to get out 1 game?
@smythelove Different budgets? Different numbers of staff?
@Nickolaidas well they're successful and talented and if you get stuff out people will play it! Lol
@smythelove I said "Staff", as in "personnel". Employees. If Naughty Dog has 200 employees while the Shenmue devs have like, only ten, then it's unrealistic to expect the same level of development speed as Naughty Dog's.
Note that the numbers are not factual, I'm just giving an example.
@Nickolaidas Valid point!
Expected and plenty happy to wait for my collectors edition.
@Nickolaidas I'd rather not see or have th bother putting out gameplay trailers when the game is a minimum of 12 months away from nearing being finished.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi In my honest opinion, when a game has yet to show gameplay after two years of its announcement, it usually means that the devs either have nothing to show, or nothing good to show.
So yeah, I'm a bit worried, to be frank.
@Nickolaidas it's not two years from its announcement though, it 2 years from it being funded/bringing in a dev team/making the very first steps in development. It's not as if they announced the game even weeks or months into development, they hadn't started. Cyberpunk 2077 was announced in 2013, I'm not worried about that and its probably still years away.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi But Cyberpunk 2077 was never given a 2017 release date.
@Nickolaidas come on, a bit of leeway lol
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