Deep Silver and Ys Net have moved the release of Shenmue III from 2018 to some point during 2019.
According to the publisher, this extra development time will be used to “polish the quality of the game even further” and reach the “high standards” the game deserves.
“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,” director Yu Suzuki said. “We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III. We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support.”
The upcoming entry was originally given a December 2017 release window, but was pushed back to the second half of 2018.
In other news, Sega announced last month that Shenmue and Shenmue II will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC later this year. The rereleases feature support for “fully scalable screen resolution,” the choice of either modern or classic control schemes, numerous graphics options on PC, an updated user interface, and Japanese or English voiceovers.