Deep Silver's announcement of this delay doesn't give us much to go on, except that the delay seems to be necessary in order to further polish the game, and have it meet the unwieldy expectations of Shenmue evangelists.
Shenmue 3 was officially announced during Sony's E3 2015 presentation, with the game being developed using funds from a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III.We can not thank you enough for your enduring support.More news: Syria: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms chlorine gas attack in Saraqeb
Suzuki-san added that the extra development time will 'allow us to deliver Shenmue 3 at its best.
Shenmue 3 won't release this year as originally planned and instead will come out in 2019.More news: Tesla SUV earns Guinness World Record by towing plane almost 1000 feet
The decision to delay Shenmue III will hopefully result in the game better utilizing the power of the PlayStation 4 and PC.
"The extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves, and release the product in the best possible timeframe", Deep Silver said in a post on its website.More news: Android Malware apps are returning on Play Store under a different name
"We can not thank you enough for your enduring support", Suzuki added. For an audience of fans who have already waited since 2001 for a sequel, another year may sting, but it's a longing pain they're accustomed to. A delay then pushed it back to the second half of 2018, and now another one is pushing the game's release back to 2019.