The wait for Shenmue 3 just got quite a bit longer.
In an update on the game’s Kickstarter page, series creator and project director Yu Suzuki revealed that the game was being pushed back to the second half of 2018. It was originally scheduled to release in December of this year.
“By utilizing new technologies, we have been able to discover new possibilities and expressions,” Suzuki explained. “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.”
Shenmue 3, the long-awaited sequel to the original games released on the Sega Dreamcast back in the early 2000s, has been in development for two years and is currently the most successful video game Kickstarter of all time. Recently, it was revealed that the game will not be shown at this year’s E3, which in hindsight should have been all the indication we needed to suspect that it had been delayed.
While Shenmue 3 will not be at E3 next week, there are rumors that Sega is working on a remaster of the original, as the company registered a domain name for “Shenmue HD” earlier this year.