Deep Silver, now the publisher of Shenmue 3, announced today that the game won’t release until sometime in 2019. No specific details were given but rather just the following statement:
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.
We could try to act surprised, but we wouldn’t be able to pull it off. We never considered this a 2018 release and until we see full gameplay running on a console, we won’t have any expectations of its potential release schedule.