Shenmue III also had a small segment during PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 and one of the announcements for it was that it is now exclusive to Epic Games Store.
Epic has been aggressively gaining exclusives for their own PC digital store. They also secured the whole Quantic Dream PlayStation 4 exclusive Catalog with Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls, and Detroit Become Human. Thee games that are exclusive to Epic Games Store have usually timed exclusivity so that they might release on other platforms after a set time period.
The news about Epic Games Store exclusivity was a surprise that came at the last minute. The game had a release date set for August but it was pushed back to November. Aside from this delay, Steam was removed as a platform and replaced with Epic Games Store on PC.
Shenmue III is the brainchild of Yu Suzuki who has created his own company, Ys Net, to complete the story of Shenmue that was left incomplete after the failure of the first two games. It originated as a project on Kickstarter that was first shown during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. It managed to smash its goal of funding more than six million and was confirmed to arrive for PC and PS4.
In an update that was shared on the Kickstarter page of the project, Yu Suzuki shared the following statement regarding this exclusivity.
“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.”
Shenmue III will now launch on November 19, 2019, for PS4 and PC through the Epic Games Store.
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