Shenmue 3, the long-awaited sequel to the Dreamcast classics, has been delayed to the second half of 2018.
The announcement came as part of the most recent update to the game’s Kickstarter page, with a video from series creator and game director Yu Suzuki. Suzuki explains that the delay is necessary in order to ensure that Shenmue 3 is at the level of quality that both fans and Suzuki himself expects.
According to Suzuki, the last two years of development has allowed the team iterate on the original design of the project, making it “bigger and more beautiful than [Suzuki] initially expected.”
Given the relative silence surrounding the title, news of the delay is unsurprising, though the length is enough to raise eyebrows. Suzuki promised that more details about the revised roadmap for the game will be forthcoming in the next backer report later this month.
Shenmue 3 was officially announced during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, with the crowdfunding campaign beginning simultaneously. The campaign passed the funding target of $2,000,000 within 24 hours, and went on to become one of the most successful video game Kickstarters to date, with more than $6,000,000 raised.
Details on the exact gameplay and story of the game are being kept under wraps for now, but Shenmue 3 will be the next chapter of the saga that began with 1999’s Shenmue. The game is being developed by Ys Net, and is currently expected to be available on PC and PlayStation 4.
In recent times, rumours have also abounded about the possibility of HD remasters of the first two entries, but Sega (the series’s original developer and publisher) has not yet made any official announcements.