Ever since Shenmue III reached the Kickstarter goal in 2015, fans of the legendary series have been begging for an HD Collection of the first two Shenmue games.
All the rumors and leaks make it seem like there’s a strong possibility that it will happen, but when? With the recent delay of Shenmue III to the second half of this year, according to Comicbook.com, rumor has it that Sega is waiting on the right time to drop this highly demanded HD collection.
Liam Robertson, who has dropped many rumors in the past, including the Mario + Rabbids reveal, has some insider info on the matter. The Collection is the real deal, the release date is still dependent on Shenmue III‘s development phase.
Since then, I’ve heard an update from those same sources and have spoken to other journalists in Europe that claim the project is still alive and kicking at SEGA, but has been pushed back indefinitely. The reasoning behind this is said to be to related to the delayed development of Shenmue III.
When it was first announced at E3 2015, Shenmue III was stated to be targeting a launch in December 2017. In June 2017, following some sporadic updates on the game’s Kickstarter, it was officially pushed back into the second half of 2018. According to new rumors, these delays caused plans for the HD remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 to fluctuate. As Shenmue III’s release is now uncertain, pinned down only to the last 6 months of 2018, SEGA is rumored to apparently be waiting for a more opportune time to drop 1 & 2, co-ordinating the timing around the launch of the third game.
One source directly linked to SEGA shared that the publisher was considering making an announcement all the way back at E3 in 2017, but was put off when Shenmue III slipped into 2018.
The main issue I see is that I’m starting to doubt that Shenmue III is even going to drop this year. Nothing they’ve shown me so far makes me want to believe that the game is dropping in 2018. I could be wrong, I want to be wrong, we still have 11 more months of hoping!
What do you think Shenmue III will release, Brah?