Deep Silver and Ys Net have announced that Shenmue III has been delayed to November 19, 2019. The adventure RPG was originally set to release for PlayStation 4 and PC on August 27.
The news comes from a brief update message on the game's Kickstarter page, which states the following:
Today, Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver would like to give a message concerning the release date.
Shenmue III will now release on 19th November 2019.
[before] August 27, 2019
[new] November 19, 2019
Whilst almost ready, the game simply needs a little more refinement before being truly finished.
We feel that the extra time we have will help us deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve!
We thank you for your patience and understanding,
Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver
In some ways this news comes as a little bit of a surprise, considering the original release date was given nearly a year ahead of time. But Shenmue fans have already waited so long for a follow-up, perhaps waiting another few months isn't all too bad.
We got to see a guided 15-minute tour of Shenmue III in March, where we saw a mix of RPG and adventure mechanics.