Shenmue 3 Pushed Back To November For "A Little More Refinement"

Shenmue 3 Pushed Back To November For "A Little More Refinement"

It's still real, but it's not coming in August anymore.

If you were waiting for August 27 to get your first taste of Shenmue 3, you'll be waiting a little longer. In a post on the official KickStarter, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki and publisher Deep Silver have announced that the title will see a delay. Shenmue 3 is now coming on November 19, 2019, for PC and PlayStation 4, as opposed to the previously announced August 27, 2019 date.

"Whilst almost ready, the game simply needs a little more refinement before being truly finished. We feel that the extra time we have will help us deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve! We thank you for your patience and understanding," wrote Suzuki in a Kickstarter post.

The August release date for Shenmue 3 was announced last year, many years after the project's first reveal at the PlayStation E3 Press Conference in 2015. The Kickstarter campaign followed, asking for $2 million to make Shenmue 3 a reality. The campaign went on to make $6.3 million in total, with an estimated delivery window of December 2017 at the time. There was a second crowdfunding campaign last year, which brought the final total to $7.1 million and added new features to the proposed game.

Shenmue 3 is taking series protagonist Ryo Hazuki to China. He's still on the trail of the man who killed his father, though he isn't moving too quick in that regard. Expect some forklift driving and a number of other odd jobs along the way.

We spoke to some diehard Shenmue fans last year to learn why the series has such a dedicated following. Those fans have waited many, many years for a new Shenmue, so a few months is nothing, really.

For all the news and a full timetable, check out our E3 2019 schedule. If you're after information on the individual presentations, there's our guide pages to the Nintendo E3 2019 show, the Microsoft E3 2019 show, the Square Enix E3 2019 show, the Bethesda E3 2019 show, and the Ubisoft E3 2019 show.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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