Originally slated for December 2017, series creator and project director Yu Suzuki has announced that Shenmue 3 will be delayed until the second half of 2018. The reasoning cited by the director is that new technology has opened up more possibilities and in order to take advantage of those, the delay was necessary. Suzuki wants to deliver a game that is “bigger and more beautiful” than he initially expected.
More details will come at the next backer report as the game will be not be shown at E3. It is doubtful that we will catch a glimpse of this more beautiful than ever game, but fans can always hope. It’s been 16 years since the release of Shenmue 2, one more year shouldn’t feel like much. That said, Shenmue 3 has only been in development for two years, since the beginning of the Kickstarter.
In the meantime, the rumor mill has claimed that Sega registered the domain name of Shenmue HD for this year. If a remaster is in the works, it will certainly give fans a good distraction until the third one comes out. Or even better, bring in a younger audience that hadn’t experienced the Shenmue series when it first came out.