An epic disappointment? Matt Purslow
Shenmue 3 developer In addition, in the lead up to Shenmue 3's launch, it has also been announced that a Stretch Goal that was with backers has not been included in the game.
Coordination with the sales policies of the involved companies was untenable ”, and as a result the developer is able to provide Steam keys for PC players on launch day. Net and publisher Deep Silver partnering with Epic Games Store for PC distribution. Shenmue 3 is currently a limited-time exclusive for the Epic Games Store, and will be for one year. This deal was brokered after the Kickstarter began, and back then supporters had been told that Shenmue 3 would be released on Steam. This change, by the current discontent with Epic's exclusive strategy, led to backlash against Ys Net
Backers who opt for the PC version of the game can also be sent to Steam key when Shenmue 3 launches on Valve's store the following year. At launch, they will be provided with an Epic Games Store key. Alternatives, backers can be used to change format to PlayStation 4, although this option will not be offered for Steam key one year later.
The refund process will be announced in a future Kickstarter update.
"Along with the significant project changes at the heart of this announcement, there have been many other changes since our original assumptions," said Ice Net's head Yu Suzuki in the Kickstarter update. "I believe, however, that the game overall has been strengthened and that Shenmue III has been successfully transformed and is heading in a positive direction."
Alongside the PC version issues, the post also addresses the fact that the final version of Shenmue 3 does not include the expanded 'perspective system', which was a stretch goal backers with during the crowdfunding campaign. This system would have allowed players to control other characters, such as Ren or Shenhua. No concrete details are offered for why the stretch goal has been cut, aside from a simple “Implementation could not be achieved in this game.”
game, adding to elements to Shenmue 3. This is thanks to an increased development budget due to additional sales partners.
We took a closer look at Shenmue 3 at E3 201