It looks like Shenmue fans are going to have to wait a little while longer before they can get their hands on the series’ highly-anticipated third entry. Indeed, the game has been delayed once more, but not by all that much this time. Eager fans and backers are only going to have to wait until November 2019 instead of some far-off future date.
The delay was announced on the Shenmue III Kickstarter page on Monday with a fairly brief statement. It basically said that that game’s release date is moving from August 27 to November 19; not that big of a delay at all. As for why the game is getting delayed again, Deep Silver said that while the game is basically done, they feel they need a little more time to refine and polish the game into an experience worthy of the Shenmue name. Can’t really argue with that logic, I suppose.
It’s been 18 years since the release of Shenmue II on the Sega Dreamcast, so it’s kind of amazing that Shenmue III will be seeing the light of day at all now. It’s always disappointing when a game you’ve been looking forward to gets delayed, but that extra time is almost always worth it. As someone once said (probably Shiguru Miyamoto, but I can’t be 100% sure) “A delayed game can be eventually become good, but a rushed game is bad forever.”
Are you looking forward to Shenmue III? What’s the most exciting part of it? How do you feel about the delay?
Lede image is concept Shenmue banner from KickStarter page.