The campaign toppled its goal of $2 million (eventually reaching a Kickstarter video game record of $6.3 million), but was delayed into the second half of 2018.
'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 time frame, ' they said.
Deep Silver has confirmed that Shenmue 3 is being pushed back to 2019.
Furthermore, we've seen so little of the game in the three years since its announcement that it would have been absolutely stunning to have expected its release this year.
The game's Kickstarter campaign raised over $6 million U.S. with over 69,000 backers in July of 2015 and has been in development ever since.
Shenmue III will have familiar elements from its predecessors and new fight mechanics to achieve a new level of interactive storytelling. 'After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue III at its best. Hopefully this will be the last delay (in a long line of delays) for the anticipated title, but we strongly recommend that you don't hold your breath though.
The original Shenmue was first released in 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast.
Shenmue 3 is now scheduled to release in 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4.