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Shenmue 3 officially delayed to Q4 2019

The best things come to those who wait, and boy have people been waiting a long time for Shenmue 3. Now they'll have to wait a little longer as it's been delayed until Q4 2019.


Fans of the Shenmue series have been waiting a long, long time for a new installment in the series. Unfortunately, it looks like they’re going to have to be just a little more patient because it was announced today that Shenmue 3 has been delayed until Q4 2019. The game has now been given a new release date of November 19.

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The news comes via an update on the official Shenmue 3 Kickstarter page. Apparently, the time is being used to make sure the game is completely polished before hitting store shelves with a November release. The game’s publisher, Deep Silver along with its director, Yu Suzuki released a joint statement to clarify the decision:

“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! We thank you for your patience and understanding.”

It’s been a long nineteen years since the Shenmue series originally released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, and Shenmue 2 released only a few years later. At E3 2015 it was revealed during the PlayStation keynote that there would be a Kickstarter launching to fund the third game in the series. The Kickstarter quickly made its goal and the game has been in development since then. This isn’t the first time the launch date has been delayed either, it was originally set to release in 2018.

Sadly, Shenmue fans have now been waiting over a decade and a half for a brand new entry in the series. Hopefully, they don’t mind waiting just a little bit longer now that Shenmue 3 is scheduled for a November 19 release on the PS4. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get pushed up to 2020.

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