Wednesday, 19 June, 2019


Shenmue 3 trailer can’t hide fan rage over Epic exclusivity

Shenmue 3 will launch first on the Epic Games Store for Windows 10 PCs Shenmue 3 may be exclusive to Epic Games Store according to its latest E3 2019 trailer [UPDATE: Confirmed, it is exclusive]
Melba Vasquez | 11 June, 2019, 18:54

That means the crowdfunded sequel, which was originally unveiled as part of Sony's E3 press conference in 2015, won't be sold through Steam or any other PC-centric storefront. Publisher Deep Silver revealed the news alongside Epic during the 2019 PC Gaming Show at E3. They've taken to the Kickstarter page to voice their displeasure.

It will be released on PS4 and PC, exclusively from the Epic Games Store.

Some of these disgruntled backers have since requested refunds, on the grounds that they will not be receiving the product that they pre-purchased.

Before we unpack the Epic Games Store exclusivity deal, let's take a look at that trailer. Because it has no multiplayer, there's no need for friends lists or leaderboards or any of the things that give Steam as a platform the edge.

After the announcement that Shenmue 3 is launching as an Epic store exclusive, numerous game's Kickstarter backers are asking for refunds on the grounds that the publisher, Deep Silver, has changed the circumstances under which fans pledged money.

Many backers have commented under the post expressing anger at this decision, explaining that they backed the campaign based on the promise of receiving a Steam key. Still, it's exciting for "Shenmue" fans to get a new trailer, as the third installment of the game is a long time coming. "Development for Shenmue III has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent", Ys Net wrote in a Kickstarter update.

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