Previously thought to have been long dead, the Shenmue series was revived in 2015 when it was announced that a third game was in the works at that year’s E3. Shenmue 3 was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and has met its goal of $2 million in just 8 hours, making it the fastest funded game at the time. This helped bring the title out of the its decade long development hell and fans who wanted the revival were happy. But, they will have to wait just a wee bit longer. Deep Silver, who is publishing Shenmue 3, says that the game is being held back so they can “polish the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release in the best possible timeframe.”
The Shenmue series began in 1999 with the first “Shenmue” game that was released for the Sega Dreamcast. At $47 million for marketing and production costs, it was the most expensive game ever developed at the time, and some of the money was used to develop Shenmue 2. Despite attracting a cult following and appearances in several “greatest video games of all time” lists, the games were commercial failures and Shenmue III spent over a decade in development hell.
Shenmue 3 is scheduled for release on Playstation 4 and PC.