The scope of these games often extend far beyond what was initially imagined, especially when they smash their goals and in the case of Shenmue III, smash Kickstarter records. It was previously slated to come out in late 2018 but publisher Deep Silver explained that the game needed more time for "polish". The game was already delayed back in June 2017 when the release date was pushed to the second half of this year.
Following the delay of Metro Exodus, Deep Silver has also announced that Shenmue 3 will now target a 2019 release.
Developed by former Sega legend Yu Suzuki's Ys Net studio, the revenge-driven sequel has been delayed in order to benefit from additional polishing and to ensure the title is launched to the 'high standards it deserves'.
"Deep Silver today announce that their upcoming release Shenmue III has been moved and will now release in 2019". We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III.We can not thank you enough for your enduring support. "We can not thank you enough for your enduring support".