Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kickstarter Update #81: Shenmue III Release Window Moved to 2019

Kickstarter Update #81: Shenmue III Release Window Moved to 2019

Today Deep Silver and YS Net jointly announced that the release window for Shenmue III has been moved to 2019 (the precise period has not been given), from the second half of 2018. You may recall that the previous date adjustment was due to Deep Silver's involvement partway through the project, bringing with it additional financial support that allowed for a greatly-increased scope.

The announcement notes that the extra time will be spent to improve and refine the game.

The text of the Kickstarter update is as follows:
"Hello Everyone,
Along with our publishers, Deep Silver, we have an announcement for the release date of Shenmue III. Our report follows with a comment from Mr. Suzuki.
Announcement by Deep Silver:
“ Deep Silver today announce that their upcoming release Shenmue III has been moved and will now release in 2019.
The extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe. ”
Comment by Yu Suzuki:
To all of our backers, we are very sorry for the delay. After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue III at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III.
We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support."
Source: Kickstarter Update #81

This news may be seen as unfortunate for those who had been hoping to play Shenmue III as soon as possible, a delay that ensures the product is delivered at its best is something that will surely have the understanding of the majority of backers. From Yu Suzuki's comments at the Magic event in Monaco, we know that the team is working all-out - including throughout weekends - so if a reschedule is required to reach the level he is striving for, then this has my full support.

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  1. I've already been waiting 17 years, another year won't kill me. At least we're getting 1 and 2 HD this year!

    1. Absolutely. They will help fill the gap nicely for existing fans & introduce newcomers to the series while Shenmue III is made even better!

  2. No no no no water down shenmue is better than most games that was shenmue 2 it was a great mess even feel better than the first in some way probably because it was the true game

    1. Going from Shenmue 1 to 2 moved us from an intimate small-town experience to the unknown, bustling world of Hong Kong. I can't wait to experience the atmosphere of Shenmue 3, and see how it flows on from the Guilin section of the second game.

  3. Guilin was the best part of shenmue 2 the forest walk was great shenmue 2 music was very underrated the first was great too I like shenmue 2 music better mix with classic Chinese music with modern mix shenmue 2 greatest crime it's hard to get into very slow you spent most of time complaining this is shenmue light