We have all been there at one point or another. We are anticipating the newest installment of the next game in our favorite series, and we find out that we will have to wait even more until we could get our hands on the game. This is not the best feeling in the world. You are left frustrated and waiting to hear even the slightest bit of new information so that you would at least know what to expect from the future.
Such is the case of the fans of Shenmue 3. The third installment of the series has recently been postponed until 2019. The specific date in 2019 has not yet been revealed, so it is anyone’s guess at this point. We will start by giving you a brief overview over how the series began, then we will talk more about the announcement of Shenmue 3 and last, but not least we would also like to discuss the complaints of the fans about this game and its release date and what the studio had to say.
Shenmue 1 and 2
The first Shenmue game was first released in 1999 by Suzuki and Sega for the Dreamcast console. The game was well received by fans so in 2001 the follow-up game, Shenmue 2, was released on Dreamcast and then in 2002 it was released on Xbox.
Until then fans have been asking anybody that will listen to them to continue the storyline of the protagonist so that they can play the final installment of the game. Being on a cliffhanger is never a pleasant experience since fans do not have the certainty that the events that happened at the end have been resolved. Fan theories will only work up to an end.
The announcement of Shenmue 3
In 2015, Sony invited Yu Suzuki, former Sega developer and the creator of Shenmue, to the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. He came up on stage, and he announced that he was starting the work on creating Shenmue 3. The project however needed to support the game’s fans, so a Kickstarter campaign was designed.
This campaign was one of the most successful campaigns on Kickstarter; its primary goal is collecting funds to support the work needed to create a game. It raised around 6.3 million dollars. After the initial announcement was made to release the game the plan was to have it published by December 2017. However, the release of the game got delayed.
Now, 6.3 million dollars is not a lot of money for the funding of a game. Modern AAA games that people have fallen in love with, such as “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” had a budget that was between 75 and 100 million dollars.
Shenmue 3 trailer
It looks like fans immediately took notice that something was not right with Shenmue 3. A teaser trailer for the game was released back in 2017 and fans started to complain that the character had stiff and almost blank expressions. Maybe that would have flown under the radar 20 years ago but animation has gone a long way and in 2017 big game studios were coming up with games that wowed players with the attention to detail.
To give fans something, Sega has recently announced that they will be releasing a Shenmue 1 & 2 collection on Pc, Xbox One, and PS4 later on during 2018. Sega has stated that this collection brings a fully scalable screen resolution and that fans will be able to choose between the classic controls or the more modern option. Moreover, they will be able to choose between the Japanese voiceover or the English one.
Shenmue 3 to come out in 2019
To be quite frank with you, we were not all that surprised to hear the Shenmue 3 was going to be released in 2019 and not this year. We had a clue that this was going to happen when some time passed, and we did not hear anything new from Shenmue.
The reason behind this release date push back was the fact that Deep Silver said that the development team needed more time to work on the graphics of the game. They wanted to make sure that everything would run smoothly and that fans will not encounter any bugs. The high standards of the game reflect the standards that fans have for the third installment of this game.
However, we do not think that Shenmue has the option to leave fans hanging for another year. For a group of devoted fans that have been waiting since 2001 for the next installment, another year may be the tipping point. We think that this would put even more pressure on the studio itself since this added year would need to be put to good use. Fans want to see a good storyline, great graphics and a lot of adventure. After 18 of waiting for that, we would not blame them in the slightest.
However, we cannot make any more predictions until we have more information on our hands or until the game gets released.