Some backers of motion recreation Shenmue III’s multimillion-dollar Kickstarter marketing campaign are upset that it’ll launch solely on Epic’s Video games Retailer, scuttling plans for a launch on Steam. Developer Ys Internet revealed Epic’s exclusivity throughout E3’s PC Gaming Present right now. Virtually instantly, backers who had particularly requested a Steam key flooded Ys Internet’s Kickstarter announcement, with some requesting refunds.
Shenmue III will launch November 19th on PlayStation four and PC. As SavyGamer founder Lewie Procter famous on Twitter, Ys Internet beforehand listed Steam as a requirement for taking part in the sport on PC. Later, nevertheless, the studio and its writer Deep Silver determined that “the Epic Video games Retailer can be one of the best distribution platform choice.” Backers can get a digital or bodily copy of the sport, however, both manner, they’ll have to activate it by Epic. That’s put Shenmue III within the crosshairs of Steam followers who oppose Epic’s current push for unique video games.
The sport’s Steam web page is nonetheless dwell, and its writer might theoretically nonetheless distribute Steam keys to backers and promote the sport by Epic extra typically. Nevertheless, the replace particularly mentions requiring Epic’s software program. We’ve reached out to Deep Silver to substantiate what’s occurring.
Video games like Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3 have beforehand been introduced as timed Epic Video games Retailer exclusives. Some indignant Steam followers responded by review-bombing Borderlands 2 so badly that Steam intervened to cease them from influencing its total rating. Critics give a number of causes for hating the Epic Video games Retailer. Some dislike the software program’s total interface, others objected to an invasive monitoring characteristic that shipped with early variations, a couple of have supplied unsubstantiated claims that Epic is managed by the Chinese language authorities, and plenty of merely don’t wish to set up yet one more launcher to play their video games.
We don’t know what share of Shenmue followers actually care concerning the exclusivity. In the present day’s Kickstarter announcement at present has round 430 feedback, the overwhelming majority of them indignant, however almost 70,000 individuals backed the undertaking when it launched in 2015. We additionally don’t know whether or not Shenmue III’s builders will probably be providing refunds. And we don’t understand how individuals will reply to the sport itself, which has been delayed a number of occasions however might lastly be on the verge of a launch.