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Shenmue III is an Epic Games store exclusive on PC

Update: It appears Ys Net will not be issuing refunds for those upset at the game's removal from Steam

Developer Ys Net announced today during the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 that Shenmue III will be the latest title to go Epic Games store-exclusive on PC.

Shenmue III was originally announced back in 2015 at Sony's E3 event, but at the time it was announced as a Kickstarter campaign by developer Yu Suzuki. The initial announcement pitched the game as for PC and PS4 without a specific mention of Steam; however, the game later received a Steam store page that is still live at the time this piece was written.

"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. "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 is not the only title revealed for release on the Epic Games store at E3. A number of others announced or showcased this week will also join the storefront, some of which (notably Cyberpunk 2077) will also be on Steam on PC. Some of the games announced for Epic at E3 include:

  • Atomicrops
  • Auto Chess
  • Chivalry 2
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Falcon Age
  • Griftlands
  • The Pathless
  • Phantom Brigade
  • RUNE II
  • The Sojourn
  • Twin Mirror
  • Solar Ash Kingdom
  • Untitled Goose Game
  • What the Golf?
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Update:User Fireeye on ResetEra has shared an email from Ys Net sent through Kickstarter, which states that refunds will not be issued in response to the change from Steam to the Epic Games store.

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Latest comments (1)

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 4 months ago
Thereís currently a revolt going over on Kickstarter due to the fact Steam keys were specifically promised

I know Iím reasonably cheesed about it, though I expect itíll show up on PC game pass eventually since 1/2 are there and had a win10 specific version.

Between that, the two years (including the additional 4 months just added) theyíve got a lot of unhappy customers. I hope they find a solution to salve it.
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