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Shenmue III publisher Deep Silver has announced that the game is being delayed until an unspecified date in 2019. The Yu Suzuki title was originally scheduled to come out in 2017, before its release was moved to later this year.
In a short statement creator 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.”
Back when the game was delayed into 2018, Suzuki said the team was using new tech to improve the game. In the fall of last year, a trailer for the title received criticism for showing characters with static facial expressions, which prompted the developer to put out a Kickstarter update showing that the characters’ faces in the game can indeed emote. Whether the new delay is related to the new tech or the faces or anything specific is unknown.
Shenmue III isn’t the only Deep Silver-published title to be delayed recently – the company also just announced that Metro Exodus will release in the first quarter of 2019.
Given the development challenges the game has already faced, taking more time with the title is not bad.