It appears that the highly anticipated Shenmue 3 may be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Ys Net has released the E3 2019 trailer for this game and as we can see at the end, the game will be coming out on PS4 and the Epic Games Store.
For what it’s worth, the Steam page for Shenmue 3 is still live but we don’t know whether Epic Games has purchased this game during the E3 2019 event. In other words, this could be another “Metro Exodus” situation.
Let’s not forget that a) the game uses Unreal Engine 4 and b) it is being published by Deep Silver. Therefore, the chance of this turning into an Epic Games Store exclusive is quite high.
Shenmue 3 sees the eagerly anticipated continuation of the epic story-driven saga in which players take control of Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist, determined to unravel the mystery behind his father’s murder and to exact revenge on the killer.
Players will explore a vibrant, colourful open world, meet intriguing characters and endeavour on a cinematic adventure which will take you further into enemy territory and deeper into the mystery of the Phoenix Mirror.
The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and is currently scheduled for a November 19th release!
Ys Net and Deep Silver have issued an official statement, confirming the Epic Games Store exclusivity. Do note that this is said to be an exclusive and not timed-exclusive, meaning that it will not release on other stores.
“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. “