While I wasn’t alive at the time, my grandfather once told me about E3 2015 and how he watched a livestream where Shenmue 3 was announced during the Sony press conference. While the game had yet to begin serious development at the time of its announcement, showing anything at E3 builds hype and anticipation for your product. Shenmue 3 used this opportunity to launch a crowdfunding campaign that exceeded all expectations. In the eternity since that time, the game has been under development. Just last summer, Deep Silver announced that it had picked up publishing rights for Shenmue 3 and that the game would arrive in 2018. Much like the original Dreamcast Shenmue games, the tertiary entry in the series will fail to meet its original launch window.
In the meantime, Shenmue fans can keep hope alive by revisiting the original games when they arrive on Xbox One, PS4, and PC in a new remastered collection.
Because this is Shenmue, know one really knows when the remastered collection will release, but I hope it shows up before the end of 2018 for the sake of the longtime fans. What originally looked to be a strong ending to 2018 is now empty for publisher Deep Silver, who announced a delay for Metro: Exodus as well.