Oh man, that's the thing that worries me the most about all this. If by some miracle we finally get Shenmue 3 ... then it ends on a cliffhanger ... then we go through another torturous decade of drama trying to get Shenmue 4 made
I got a feeling they'd conclude the series with the next one. Yu has even talked about trimming it down if he had to. Either way, we're still screwed, haha.