Shenmue 3, the long-awaited action adventure from Neilo and Ys Net will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC it's been officially confirmed by Ys Net. The decision has been made after much discussion with the publisher Deep Silver.
Originally announced way back in 2015 as a Kickstarter project, Shenmue 3 release date is finally nearing closer, and today, the developers Ys Net revealed some brand new details that will make a lot of backers and players unhappy.
At the very end of a new trailer, it's been confirmed that Shenmue 3 will launch as an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC and as a console exclusive on PlayStation 4. According to PC Gamer, the creator Yu Suzuki appeared on stage at the PC Gaming Show to only briefly thank fans and show the new trailer.
However, he did not mention the PC exclusivity news and instead, a Kickstarter post appeared shortly after the announcement, confirming the exclusivity. According to the post, the support from Epic Games has been excellent and after discussion with the publisher Deep Silver, it's been decided to pick Epic Games Store as a home for Shenmue 3 on PC.
"Shenmue 3 for PC will be will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Development for Shenmue III has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent. But most importantly, in looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option."
As expected, the trailer has been disliked heavily and the comment section is flooded with disappointing backers and fans who prefer other PC launchers like Steam or GOG.com. To make things worse, Shenmue 3's Kickstarter campaign even mentioned Steam under its system requirements but to be fair, the devs never promised on which stores the game will launch.
Recently, the developers also asked backers if they want to receive PS4 or Steam version of the game, which is another hint that, originally, Shenmue 3 was planned to release on Steam.
The release date for Shenmue 3 is set for 19 November 2019.