Shenmue 3 Delayed Three Months for “Refinement”

The long-awaited RPG now has a new release date to make room for what the creator and developer are calling refinements.

The long-awaited RPG now has a new release date to make room for what the creator and developer are calling refinements.
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Shenmue 3 has been delayed yet again. The long-awaited sequel to Shenmue 2 was originally slated for an August release. However, series creator Yu Suzuki and publisher Deep Silver have pushed the game’s release date to November 19 in order to provide what they are calling refinements. 

The information was shared via a blog post on Shenmue 3‘s Kickstarter page. While the post did not specify what about the game would be refined, it did state that the delay was because both parties wanted to “deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve.” 

Shenmue 3 has been a long time coming. The game was originally announced by Suzuki on Twitter just prior to E3 2015. The game was officially unveiled the next day during Sony’s E3 press conference. 

Originally set for release in 2017 for PC and PS4, Shenmue 3 was initially delayed to 2018 because Suzuki said that “new technology” would allow the team to explore new avenues and provide new experiences for gamers. That year, Shenmue 3 made various most-anticipated lists

In August of last year, the game finally received a firm release date: August 27, 2019. Or at least we all thought it was firm at the time. 

Shenmue 3‘s Kickstarter campaign was a rousing success when it initially launched in 2015. The game quickly rose the list of the most-funded Kickstarter projects of all time. Having raised $6.3 million to date, Shenmue 3 is currently the fifth most-funded gaming Kickstarter as of January 2019

As of this writing, there are still no plans to bring Shenmue 3 to Xbox One or Nintendo Switch. 

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Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.