After 17 years of waiting, Shenmue fans can finally celebrate: Shenmue 3 has an official release date of August 27, 2019. Continuing the tale of Ryo Hazuki and his quest for revenge against the nefarious Lan Di, the latest installment in the series will release on PC and the PlayStation 4 in little less than a year from now.
Originally announced at E3 2015, the long-awaited sequel was originally slated to arrive sometime this year, but was initially delayed in 2017 because series creator Yu Suzuki said the development team discovered that «new technology» had enabled the team to expand the game’s original vision and scope. Earlier this year, the game was again delayed because Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver wanted to provide additional polish to the game prior to release.
Shenmue 3 will directly follow the events of Shenmue 2, further exploring the dynamic between Ryo and Lan Di, as well as Ryo’s new companion, Ling Shenhua. Suzuki has said that this is not the final chapter in the Hazuki saga, so we can most likely expect the game to end on yet another cliffhanger.
The game’s Kickstarter launched in 2015 and raised a total of $6 million. As of this writing, there are no plans for either an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch release.
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Shenmue 3 as it develops. If you’re curious about the recent Shenmue 1+2 remastered release and if you should pick it up, check out our review.