Iirc, they finalized the deal around the time of S3’s release, not its announcement. Even then, pre-production probably took quite a bit of time; especially as there was no real reason to rush things. People need to remember that while this is a huge deal for us, it’s one of many projects they’re working on and probably one of the least anticipated to boot. It will come when it comes, but I still wonder why they announced it so early.How long has the Shenmue anime been in development. Haven't they been developing since the announcement of Shenmue 3. I was hoping the anime would release this year. Man Covid is ruining everything.