If you are unaware the Team behind Shenmue 3 YSNET have made recent Kick Starter Update regarding how they will be moving forward with recent complaints over Shenmue 3 Exclusivity to Epic Game Store on PC which was announced at E3 PC Game Show along with Yu Suzuki.
Soon after there was another Kick-starter update saying that YSNET Team will be looking into to it and aware of the situation to help calm the storm with begrudged fans who are not happy with this decision to help find a solution.
It has been noted that Yu Suzuki has won Epic Games Award for creating the most Buzz around Shenmue 3 and Epic Games.
However: the award is without a sense of irony seeing the mass press surrounding the award has been mostly about the backlash making Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusive which many PC Backers are not happy about and are asking for refunds expecting the game to come to Steam they are feeling betrayed by this decision.
It’s actually allot reasons why so many are kicking off not just because the game is Epic Game Store Exclusive but also the lack of transparency and lack of communication from YSNET part with the Backers.
It was basically the perfect storm for a Backlash, depending on who you are and your own point of view you could say situation created a ton of Press and free Media and PR for both Epic Games and Shenmue 3 so it’s no wonder Yu Suzuki won an award from Epic Games for creating the most buzz.
Allot the Backers me included are still up in the air over how this will effect our pledges also finding out the Gaming Press got to play Shenmue 3 Demo when it was promised that many of the Backers who pledged $100 would be first in the world to play Shenmue 3 – it’s still unknown over what copy of Shenmue 3 will be sent to Backers or if we will get the Standard or the Deluxe Edition which are currently up for Pre-order on Epic Games Store or be forced to re-buy the game have to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition.
This issue was not mentioned about this in the latest KS update more clarity needed and defined what is going to happen with Backers pledges and the rewards they will be entitled too.
There was no clarification after announcement or why this would be best out come for Shenmue 3 allot speculation that might just been about the money mainly due to the radio silence lack of information and communication from Shenmue 3 KickStarter Updates. It’s only now after 3 weeks after last KickStarter update how YSNET and Epic Games have helped development with Shenmue 3.
It’s all good knowing this better late than never, but still… Doe’s not get out the way why so many are resistant with Epic Games Store Client with allot information how Epic Game Store uses ‘Meta Data’ and ‘Spywhere’ and links to ‘Chinese Government’ and lack of in game features and no ‘Shopping Cart’ and not being able to buy games in bulks and some known for being banned for doing this on Epic Store Game Client While also using high bandwidth which some PC gamers are not happy about.
Also buying out other AAA and Indy games exclusivity to create competition with Steam.
Personally, I don’t know any truth in any of this or how much of this information is fake news or true. However: despite these negatives you also got look at the positives.
I think it’s time to let the feud with Epic Games die and cut everyone involved with Shenmue 3 some slack because there are many pro’s to this situation how it will help the team involved also helped Shenmue 3 to be game every fan has dreamed of playing since the announcement back in 2015.
Epic is funding the cost of all Kickstarter refunds resulting from Shenmue III’s move to the Epic Games store, so that refunds won’t reduce Ys Net’s development funding. https://t.co/mSGdbzYPJ5
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 2, 2019
I think at the end of the day if you are a true fan and want to support Shenmue 3 then platform should not be an issue the game is shaping-up nicely we are getting the game we have dreamed of playing for many years, all the partners involved helped that make that a reality. Lets not let a few people who are not happy with the outcome ruin the chances of future Shenmue games. When you think about it and now with better transparency and communication with the latest KickStarter Update really not much to worry about. All we got to do now be patient and play the game in November.
I have waited long enough I think many of us have as well…@Wisparten