By Nick Benefield / June 3rd, 2019
You’ve not truly undergone the Shenmue experience until you’ve done a fair bit of waiting around. Earlier this morning, Yu Suzuki and the production team at Deep Silver dropped some news regarding Shenmue III that should feel very familiar for series fans. Shenmue III has been delayed once again, though this time only by a mere two months. The original release date was to be August 27, 2019. As of today though, that worldwide release date has been pushed to November 19, 2019. The Kickstarter announcement states the following about the need for a delay:
Whilst almost ready, the game simply needs a little more refinement before being truly finished.
We feel that the extra time we have will help us deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve!
While this delay may come as a disappointment to some, it is hardly the first delay to hit the project. Initially kickstarted back in mid-2015, the initial release window was pegged for late 2017. It should be noted though that the continued delay, Ys Net has continued to provide updates about the game’s progress on a fairly regular basis. This delay should also feel negligible given the nearly 18 year span between this release and the previous one (Shenmue II released in 2001). Please let us know in the comments below what your thoughts are on this delay and if you plan to pick up Shenmue III when it releases this winter. Also, have a look at our review of the Shenmue I & II HD remaster to see what all of the fuss is about.
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