Shenmue III has been delayed again but it’s still out this year

Anyone looking forward to playing Shenmue III this summer will have to wait until the late autumn, as Shenmue III suffers its latest delay.

We doubt anyone’s going to be very surprised by this, but Shenmue III is going to miss its August release date and won’t now be out until 19 November on PlayStation 4 and PC.

That’s at least the third major delay the game has suffered so far, after originally having been scheduled for late 2017.

The new delay became the 100th update on Shenmue III’s Kickstarter page, where series creator Yu Suzuki insisted that the game was ‘almost ready’.

The only silver lining, other than the delay standing as further proof that things are not being rushed, is that it will now come out almost 20 years to the day from the first entry in the series.

The first game came out on 29 December, 1999 in Japan, although it wasn’t released in the West until November 2000.

A new update is expected on the game at E3 next week but other than that Suzuki’s message to fans was fairly brief, as, thankfully, is the new delay:

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,

Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver

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