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Director Yu Suzuki Explains Delay Of Shenmue 3 For 2018 Release

The anticipated Shenmue 3 had an original release date for December 2017. According to director Yu Suzuki, the game will be delayed and will now have a release in 2018. This information was given through a video update for Kickstarter supporters who backed the game from their 2015 campaign that raised more than $6.3 million. It was also confirmed back on May 28th from Ys Net that Shenmue 3 will not be at E3 next week.

According to his video announcement, director Suzuki explained and gave details behind the delay:

“By utilizing new technologies we have been able to discover new possibilities and expressions,” he 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.” He also mentioned “In order to achieve the game concept you supported, and my sixteen-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.”

How do you feel about the delay of Shenmue 3? Let us know in the comments below.


Characters Ryo Hazuki and Shenhua Ling from the Shenmue Series



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