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Shenmue 3 Starts Shipping Early After Delay

‘Shenmue 3’ has shipped early for some Kickstarter backers. Image Source/ Bang Showbiz  The follow-up to the 1999 action-adventure game ‘Shenmue’ and its 2001 sequel was due to be released on PS4 and PC on August 27, but it has now been pushed back to November 19. The title’s director Yu Suzuki took to the […]

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‘Shenmue 3’ has shipped early for some Kickstarter backers.

Image Source/ Bang Showbiz 

The follow-up to the 1999 action-adventure game ‘Shenmue’ and its 2001 sequel was due to be released on PS4 and PC on August 27, but it has now been pushed back to November 19.

The title’s director Yu Suzuki took to the game’s Kickstarter page to update fans and let them know that the game required “a little more refinement before being truly finished”.

He wrote at the time:

“Hello Everyone,

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 (sic)”

And now several gamers have taken to social media to share pictures of the psychical copy of the game in their hands.

The title promises Chinese martial arts fighting, but the protagonist, Ryo Hazuki, isn’t the only one involved.

As well as the main gameplay, there will also be mini games in the form of fan-favourites, Lucky Hit, forklift truck racing, Excite QTE, and toy capsules.

Suzuki promised that the mini games will run much better and will have more of an influence on the main game.

‘Shenmue’ had the distinction of being the most expensive video game ever created.

Its sequel was released for the Dreamcast in Europe and Japan in 2001, but was ported to the original Xbox the following year.

Both games put players in the role of Ryo Hazuki, a young martial artist on a quest to avenge his father’s death and ultimately uncover the secret behind a mysterious relic known as the Dragon Mirror.

The titles are renowned for their impressive open world, deep battle system.

‘Shenmue III’ became Kickstarter’s most-funded video game ever, raising $7.1 million.