That isn't the say the same will happen here, especially with it shattering Kickstarter records, but we haven't seen a great deal related to the game, so it was pretty easy to see a delay of this nature coming. No other monthly window was given, just a general "next year sometime".
According to the very brief announcement on the Deep Silver website, "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 timeframe". This will allow developer YS Net some extra time to "polish the quality of the game", though for Shenmue fans it is yet another hurdle they face in finally getting their hands on the long-awaited game.
Shenmue 3 won't release this year as originally planned and instead will come out in 2019. That helped it end up as one of the most funded games projects ever on that platform.
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While Sony didn't exactly listen to fan's pleas and bring back the game itself, the company did give Suzuki stage time at E3 to launch his Kickstarter.
Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has issued a statement on the ordeal: "To all of our backers, we are very sorry for the delay". 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.