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Shenmue 3 is now an Epic Games Store Exclusive

The game will not release on Steam at launch

Shenmue 3 has been delayed until November

Shenmue 3 is now an Epic Games Store Exclusive

At the PC Gaming Show, it has been announced that Shenmue 3 will release on PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive. This means that Shenmue 3 will not be releasing on Steam, at least at launch.

Shenmue 3 was created using the Unreal Engine 4, making Shenmue 3 an ideal candidate for Epic Games Store exclusivity, as the Epic Games Store offers developers a higher revenue share than Steam and also allows developers to sell their games without getting hit by the engine's 5% royalty fees. 

Steam's basic revenue share rate is 70% for developers and 30% for Steam, whereas Epic's basic rate is 88% for developers and 12% for Epic Games. This, in addition to Epic Games removing their 5% Unreal Engine Royalty fee, gives Deep Silver an extra 23% cut from Shenmue 3's PC sales revenues. It is also probable that Epic Games gave Deep Silver other incentives to secure platform exclusivity for the game. 

Deep Silver, the publisher of Shenmue 3, has made exclusivity agreements with the Epic Games Store before, choosing to launch 4A Games' Metro Exodus as an Epic Games Store exclusive at launch. At this time it is unknown whether or not Shenmue 3 will be a timed or permanent Epic Games Store exclusive, though the game's Steam Store page is still live, at least at the time of writing. 

Below is a comment from Shenmue 3's Kickstarter page regarding the change to Epic Games Store exclusivity.
   We are happy to announce that Shenmue III 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.  


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10-06-2019, 20:41:26

The Zealot
Not true Mark! We were indeed promised a Steam version, and when we were asked which platform we wanted to play the game on, the two options were "PlayStation 4" and "Steam"!!! I just checked my email for confirmation. This is what was in it:

Quote:
This is an automated email sent to you to confirm your pledge for Shenmue 3:
Tier: Digital Copy for PC or PS4 (Kickstarter) ($29)
  • What digital version of Shenmue III would you like?:
    Steam
You will be notified later of any surveys regarding redemption to this email address.
You can change your information or upgrade even further via your Backer Survey.
Also in my emails, check the last line in the requirements:
Quote:
System Requirements for PC Version
Minimum:
OS: Windows 7x64, Windows 8x64, Windows 10x64 (64-bit OS Required)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (3.40 GHz) or better; Quad-core or better
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better (DirectX 11 card & VRAM 2GB
Required)
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband internet connection
Storage: 100 GB available space
Sound card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Additional Info: Requires Steam Client to activate.
So to me this is very simple: give me my Day-1 Steam key, or a full refund.Quote

10-06-2019, 20:54:41

Dark NighT
Ah, another sack of money being dangled over a dev that then does a 180 on a promise, good job Epic, you suck!Quote

11-06-2019, 01:40:10

TheF34RChannel
Enter the epic era. Puke.Quote

11-06-2019, 03:30:40

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Zealot View Post
So to me this is very simple: give me my Day-1 Steam key, or a full refund.
Well I did look at the kickstarter page and there is no launcher confirmed. So I would think your email confirmation is probably subject to change.Quote

11-06-2019, 05:11:36

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Zealot View Post
Not true Mark! We were indeed promised a Steam version, and when we were asked which platform we wanted to play the game on, the two options were "PlayStation 4" and "Steam"!!! I just checked my email for confirmation. This is what was in it:



Also in my emails, check the last line in the requirements:


So to me this is very simple: give me my Day-1 Steam key, or a full refund.
The article has been amended. Apologies for the inaccuracy. Several other reputable websites reported this as such, but I guess they were also misinformed.Quote
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