Fans will be pleased to hear after three years of being announced, Shenmue III has a launch date. The announcement came from big-time game publisher Deep Silver during the Gamescom 2018 event this week, along with a new trailer. The long-awaited sequel is set to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC on August 27, 2019.
The game’s predecessors, Shenmue and Shenmue II, released in 1999 and 2001 respectively. They did not become the commercial successes developer Sega had hoped. Due to that fact, development for the third installment in the series was put on ice. The success of the previous two games however, were not the only reason behind the hold on Shenmue III. Yu Suzuki, creator of franchise, attempted to develop Shenmue Online, a multiplayer online version of the game. It never launched. Years down the line, he once again began working on the series.
Suzuki announced a Kickstarter campaign for the development of Shenmue III during Sony’s E3 2015 conference. This came seven years after president of Sega of America Simon Jeffrey made a statement saying Shenmue III was one of the most requested titles in 2008. It was the only game to reach $2 million on Kickstarter within a day of being announced, and by the time the campaign wrapped up, nearly $7 million was pledged.
Nearly two decades after the last title in the series, Shenmue III is set to arrive. You can pre-order the digital version on PS4 or PC for $29 or a physical copy for $60. If you haven’t had a chance to see the trailer, check it out below: