Speaking in a video for backers on the game’s official Kickstarter page, Shenmue 3 director Yu Suzuki has announced that the game has unfortunately been pushed back into the second-half of 2018. “In order to achieve the game concept you supported and my 16 year-long personal dream,” Suzuki states in the video. “We have revised the development schedule. We are moving ahead with a plan to release the game in the second half of 2018. Details will be revealed in the backer report later this month. Thank you very much for your understanding and continued support.”
News of the game’s delay — even in this current climate of video games getting delayed weeks, even months further down the line — comes as no surprise though given what little news we’ve had of the game’s on-going development just a little over the past two years since the project was originally unveiled during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. Its Kickstarter campaign became one of the most backed crowdfunding projects on the platform, raising over $6 million — four million over its original goal.