I find you very pessimistic :)
I remember 10 years ago, I had almost no hope too see Shenmue 3 one day.
For me Shenmue IV is not a harder battle than Shenmue 3
There is an actuality about Shenmue now (anime, goodies) 10 years ago there was nothing :)
I want to share with the display I have made for my Shenmue collection :)
On the shelf there is :
-Shenmue 1 Pal
-Shenmue 1 Jap
-2 Shenmue 2 Pal
-Shenmue I&II Collection Jap
-Shenmue I&II Collection Pix And Love
-Shenmue 3 Kickstarter PC and Ps4
-Shenmue 3 Collection Pix And Love
Few month ago I re read all the mangas of Vagabond (Takehiko Inoue), it was already one of my favorite manga, but re read it made me love this even more, and I understand more how this manga is genious (artwork, story, character ect)
After I finished i wanted more of Takehiko Inoue so...