Fast facts

  • Shenmue 3 release date: December 2017
  • Developer: Ys Net
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
  • Price: TBA

The E3 2015 announcement of Shenmue 3 very nearly broke the Internet. Some people lost their minds with excitement and nostalgia, while some just wondered what the heck a Shenmue was.

Here’s the brief history lesson. Shenmue is an RPG that launched on the Dreamcast back in 1999/2000. The story centers on Ryo Hazuki and his quest to avenge his father’s murder, but playing it is just as much about getting lost in the details of everyday life in suburban Japan. It was one of the first open-world games as we now know them, with a persistent universe, drawers that opened, and stores that kept specific hours. Shenmue II sees Ryo in Hong Kong, still looking for answers and justice; that one dropped back in 2001, but only on the original Xbox in the U.S.

The games made a big impact on a small group of fans, and the series has long been a cult favorite among them. And now, more than a decade later, Ryo and Shenhua are getting back on the road together. Anticipation is high, but information has been a bit scarce. Here’s what we do know.

Shenmue 3 release date: There is one…for now

The game is pegged for release in December 2017. But as anyone who has ever pledged a Kickstarter campaign knows, with a creation this massive, and with no small amount of expectation on its shoulders, delays seem inevitable. So take that timeline with a grain of salt.

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