Shenmue III Released

Shenmue III is now available, offering a long-awaited new installment in the action/adventure series. The Windows edition is available on the Epic Games Store, and a new release trailer celebrates the launch with a look at the game and the history of the series. "Thank you so much for your enduring support these 18 years since Shenmue II," says series creator Yu Suzuki. "I hope from the bottom of my heart that Shenmue III becomes special for you, truly I thank you!" Here's a description of the game:
Shenmue III
Journey deep into rural China as you take on the role of Ryo Hazuki, a Japanese teenager hellbent on finding his father’s killer—a story of adventure, mystery, friendship, martial arts, and ultimately, revenge!

Key Features
One of the most anticipated video games in history, from legendary game developer, Yu Suzuki.

  • Epic Adventure – Immerse yourself in the stunning and magical world of Shenmue
  • Breathing, Living World – Explore inside and outside buildings, take on part-time jobs, play arcade games, and interact with local inhabitants of beautiful Chinese locales
  • Martial Arts Action – Put your training and upgraded skills to the test via intense free battles and Quick Time Events
  • Solve the Mystery – Converse with a colorful and diverse cast of characters and follow leads from those who hold the answers to the mysterious Phoenix Mirror…

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Nov 20, 2019, 10:18
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Nov 20, 2019, 10:18
 Beamer
 
That the game came out is a huge deal, given how many don't. If reviews are decent and it doesn't crash or isn't basically unplayable from a gameplay perspective, that's a win.

Odds are they went to EGS to get money to cross the finish line. Weird that so many would prefer a game either not come out, or come out not very functional, than be exclusive to a different launcher app.
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Nov 20, 2019, 06:50
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Heltorne wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 23:13:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:37:
One game that burned its backers.

Unless I missed something the only real problem for the backers that happened was that it's not coming out on steam like they initially said it would so I would say that's a very minor burn compared to a lot of other games.
Most folks realize ks is a Gamble and know they are lucky if a game gets finished. The overwhelming majority were just happy the game came out, period.
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Nov 20, 2019, 02:22
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Nov 20, 2019, 02:22
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Heltorne wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 23:13:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:37:
One game that burned its backers.

Unless I missed something the only real problem for the backers that happened was that it's not coming out on steam like they initially said it would so I would say that's a very minor burn compared to a lot of other games.

That is not a "very minor burn." Did you not read the quote where one backer for Firmament expressed concerns about backing the game? They "[had] no interest [in] providing a no-interest loan." No doubt a direct result of EGS exclusivity. That's not a small deal when it comes to a funding model that is heavily reliant on the generosity of others, and even more so when there are promises involved.
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Nov 19, 2019, 23:13
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:37:
One game that burned its backers.

Unless I missed something the only real problem for the backers that happened was that it's not coming out on steam like they initially said it would so I would say that's a very minor burn compared to a lot of other games.
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Nov 19, 2019, 21:55
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Nov 19, 2019, 21:55
 
Well if you like 1 and 2, this totally looks like a perfect continuation. Oh boy.
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Nov 19, 2019, 18:07
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Nov 19, 2019, 18:07
 Cram
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:20:
Cram wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:14:
4+ years since its announcement, kick-starter and some drama along the way. I wonder how this one will do, will it recoup its development cost and make a profit?

"One of the most anticipated video games in history"

Is it?
For Kickstarter backers it definitely is, no?

I honestly do not know. I hope so.
With all the delays and weird things; I think if I were a kickstarter backer of this one my anticipation would have deflated by now. Furthermore, as a PC gamer and not a console gamer, I would be kinda pissed off too.

I hope they release the sales numbers of the console version and the PC version
separately. Did they ever release any info about how many people chose the console version for their reward vs the PC version during the kickstarter? I imagine in Japan it's 99.8% console.
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Nov 19, 2019, 17:02
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Nov 19, 2019, 17:02
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Timmeh wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 13:59:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:37:
One game that burned its backers.

It Did?

"During the Kickstarter, backers were able to choose if they wanted a PS4 or PC version of the game, and it was heavily implied that Steam would be the platform of choice. There's even a Steam game page for Shenmue III (much like there was for Metro: Exodus)."

This has left many backers understandably frustrated and angry, considering that even recently when a survey was sent out to backers in order for them to choose a platform, the choices were simply PS4 and Steam."

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"Last month, the makers of Shenmue III announced that the game will be a timed exclusive to the Epic Store on PC, a move that angered quite a few people who had helped crowdfund the game. After all, when Shenmue III first launched on Kickstarter in June 2015, the developers had offered Steam keys as a reward option. When the game comes out in November of this year, however, Steam keys won’t actually be available. It’ll be on Steam in November 2020."

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As one backer for Cyan's Firmament posted, "[I] have no interest [in] providing a no-interest loan, even less so with no guarantee that [I] would get [my] money back if the game is not launching on Steam." In less than a year, Epic's actions have eroded trust in crowdfunding video games (beyond, of course, whatever shenanigans already existed) among the handful of crowdfunded titles like Ooblets, Phoenix Point, Outer Wilds, and Shenmue 3.
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Nov 19, 2019, 16:24
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Nov 19, 2019, 16:24
 
File this one under games I'll never get no matter how much the fanboys carry on about it.
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Nov 19, 2019, 13:59
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Nov 19, 2019, 13:59
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:37:
One game that burned its backers.

It Did?
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Nov 19, 2019, 13:36
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Nov 19, 2019, 13:36
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I wonder how this will fare in a time after the Yakuza series has taken over where Shenmue 2 left off many years ago.
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Nov 19, 2019, 12:37
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One game that burned its backers.
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Nov 19, 2019, 12:36
 
Cram wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:14:
4+ years since its announcement, kick-starter and some drama along the way. I wonder how this one will do, will it recoup its development cost and make a profit?

"One of the most anticipated video games in history"

Is it?

I mean, the actual shenmue 3 that came out today maybe not. But shenmue 2 ended on a huge cliffhanger and its fans have been waiting for a conclusion since 2001.
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Nov 19, 2019, 12:20
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Nov 19, 2019, 12:20
 
Cram wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:14:
4+ years since its announcement, kick-starter and some drama along the way. I wonder how this one will do, will it recoup its development cost and make a profit?

"One of the most anticipated video games in history"

Is it?
For Kickstarter backers it definitely is, no?
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Nov 19, 2019, 12:14
Cram
 
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Re: Shenmue III Released Nov 19, 2019, 12:14
Nov 19, 2019, 12:14
 Cram
 
4+ years since its announcement, kick-starter and some drama along the way. I wonder how this one will do, will it recoup its development cost and make a profit?

"One of the most anticipated video games in history"

Is it?
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