Publisher Deep Silver has announced that the release of Shenmue III has been delayed until 2019.


On its website, the company said that the game’s release window had been pushed back in order to: “Polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves, and release the product in the best possible timeframe.”

It’s now coming up to 17 years since the second instalment of Yu Suzuki’s ground-breaking RPG was released by Sega for the Dreamcast – during which time a large chunk of the original development team has released seven main iterations of the Yakuza series of games.

Shenmue III was funded by a 2015 Kickstarter campaign, which raised $6.3 million despite an original $2 million target, making it the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever. In an update on Shenmue III’s Kickstarter page, Suzuki said: “To all of our backers, we are very sorry for the delay. After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue III at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III. We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support.”