In a statement made on the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter blog, it has been announced that the game will be pushed back to the second half of 2018.
Director Yu Suzuki made the following statement: “It’s been over two years since we began this incredible endeavour together. By utilising new technologies, we have been able to discover new possibilities and expressions. 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.”
“In order to achieve the game concept you supported and my 16 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. Details will be revealed in the backer report later this month. Thank you very much for your understanding and continued support.”