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Ys Net Promises Shenmue 3 Steam Keys in a Year and Refunds

A post by Ys Net on Kickstarter offers an update on the PC rewards for Shenmue 3, their crowdfunded action/adventure sequel (thanks DSOGaming). Responding to the firestorm of controversy prompted by the announcement the game would be an Epic Games Store exclusive, they elaborate on the follow-up news that they would "assess the situation" by saying that backers will receive their promised Steam keys a mere year after the game's release. They also promise details in a future update on how backers who find this unacceptable will be able to get their pledges refunded. Here's the announcement:

Regarding the recently announced Epic Games Store exclusive, all of us here at YSNET, Deep Silver and Epic are taking the matter with utmost concern and would like to clarify the circumstances leading to the decision and offer backers options for moving forward.

As noted in the updates and survey at launch, we had originally planned for PC distribution through Steam. Taking publishing and sales considerations into account, YSNET and Deep Silver agreed to our partnership with Epic Games Store on PC version distribution. As a publishing partner, Deep Silver has greatly contributed not only to sales and marketing, but to scaling up the game so there is more Shenmue III to begin with. Also, Epic Games has been with us from the start of the project when we adopted Unreal Engine 4 for development, and have given us their support throughout the development process.

In response to backers who have requested Steam keys for their rewards, we discussed offering the keys on the day of release. However, coordination with the sales policies of the involved companies was untenable, and as a result we are not able to make a day one distribution option for Steam keys available.

That we are not able to offer Steam keys for Kickstarter rewards at the time of the game’s release is a great disappointed and inconvenience for those backers who were expecting to receive them. We deeply apologize for the unrest caused by the announcement.

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30. Re: Ys Net Promises Shenmue 3 Steam Keys in a Year and Refunds Jul 2, 2019, 23:29 Kxmode
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 2, 2019, 20:37:
Kxmode wrote on Jul 2, 2019, 19:20:
Creston wrote on Jul 2, 2019, 16:36:
At least Sweeney is now promising to pay for the refunds themselves.

So hurray, shit developer, you've been rescued.

So let me see if I get this straight. Ys Net took a loan from people to create a game who was then bribed by Epic to lock out access to Steam. Epic then promises to refund backers who were locked out from getting the game on Steam because of Epic. Basically this.

Yep
https://twitter.com/TimSweeneyEpic/status/1146103878540308481

Couldn't write that parody any better even if you tried.

Also KS for games is now dead after this. Well done Epic.

To me this looks like a guy setting someone's house on fire, then standing there offering them fire insurance and they're grateful for it! This just reeks of scummery at an Epic level.
 
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