The Kickstarted Shenmue 3 has been delayed until the second half of 2018.
Project manger Yu Suzuki gave the announcement through an update on Kickstarter. In the video he does not give exact reasons for the delay. However Suzuki does say the game is growing bigger than expected due to new technology creating more possibilities.
Here is the full statement made by Suzuki.
“It’s been over two years since we began this incredible endeavor together. By utilizing new technologies, we have been able to discover new possibilities and expressions. In many ways, the game has become bigger and more beautiful than I initially expected. We do, however, need more time to deliver the game to you.
In order to achieve the game concept you supported and my 16 year-long personal dream, we have revised the development schedule. We are moving ahead with a plan to release the game in the second half of 2018. Details will be revealed in the backer report later this month. Thank you very much for your understanding and continued support.”
Shenmue 3 will not be at E3 so it is unlikely fans will hear more information soon. If the game sticks to its current release window expect it at next year’s E3.