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Jason Kingsley of the indie UK games developer Rebellion (also owners of some cult UK comic) swore blind he wouldn't do a PC exclusivity deal only last month, yet has signed his company's latest sequel to the Epic Games Store, citing the very attractive package offered by EGS. One comment I read claimed that the amounts being offered are enough to pay for the entire development of the games in question, just for merely offering 1 year exclusivity on the PC version!



Now I was musing that if Deep Silver did a deal of that sort of size for exclusivity for Shenmue III on the PC, and given how far up the bottle this game gets you in terms of the overall proposed adventure, could this mean they've effectively bankrolled development on Shenmue IV?!?!?!? thanks to the generosity of Tim Sweeney. Now that would be a worthwhile trade-off for pissing off a segment of backers.


Yu Suzuki has already talked about how he now has the team in place to pump out more games.

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The fact that Lan Di and Ryo will showdown in this one will give me a sense of closure even if it's not the end of the complete story. I've been waiting years to see how that encounter goes down.


The collectors edition is out of stock at every UK retailer including Amazon, Argos, Simplygames and Shopto


Either they've made a paltry amount or unexpected demand. It's a good sign either way.

There must be a lot of new fans who have played the games in the 20 years since they came out that now have disposable income and a willingness to see the story progress. 



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On 14/07/2019 at 02:42, Haribokart said:

Still can’t get over the fact that they didn’t change the story (or condense it to the most important parts) to make 3 wrap everything up.


Me too, but in a good way. Yu Suzuki is still a mad man :wub:

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I'm at work so can't post the details, but there is a great kickstarter update out today with lots of new screens and the backer rewards. There is like a whole museum dedicated to backers, it's really wonderful. I'll link to the Shenmue Dojo thread: https://www.shenmuedojo.com/forum/index.php?threads/kickstarter-update-107-reward-progress-report.1481/


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53 minutes ago, Trumpets said:

Looks better and better.


But what is the "All 5,000+ signed by Yu Suzuki himself!" thing? Is it a Steelbook or something else, and who gets one?


It was one of the backer tiers. Glad he has signed them himself than just a print or auto pen.

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So it's just a postcard or something? Either way I'll just be getting the 'backer exclusive case', which is fine by me.


I just hope this means we'll be getting the physical rewards in good time, unlike some other Kickstarted games...

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Can anybody who's had experience with other Kickstarter projects answer this query.


What happens with customs? as the fulfillment company, Fangamer is based outside of the EU.


Does this mean unlucky sods not residing in America are going to be hit with an unexpected tax bill for importing their (expensive) backer rewards?

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Steelbook for preorders in the US :




I hope a UK retailer picks it up.


Next big update is Gamescom. Yu Suzuki will be there. I'll update the thread when more details come through.


The Collectors Edition is sold out again on Amazon UK:




Just again showing how internet outrage has no bearing on the real world.


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Backer update on the trail version.



Hello Everyone,

Today we would like to make an announcement concerning the Kickstarter and Slacker Backer trial version of Shenmue III.


The trial version is scheduled for release during the second half of September. The elements and features to be included have almost all been pinned down, and we are now working to finalize a delivery date with our partners. Once a date has been confirmed, another announcement will be made here in the updates.


Trial Version Content

The trial version will feature a stand-alone act with objective that takes place in the first area of Shenmue III, Bailu Village. The game will be playable for an estimated 1 hours, and will be replayable after the objective has been cleared. There are lots of activities to experience and we hope you go back for more until the trial expires.

*The trial version will also come with a PDF play guide.

**Saves will not transfer over to the final version.


To Play Trial Version

Required PC specifications will be noted in the General Information section of the updates and can also be found on the FAQ.

The trial version will be for PC to be played on the Epic Games Store. An Epic Games account will be needed to play. 

For information on creating an Epic Games account and on Epic Games' privacy policy, please visit the Epic Games Store.


Play Guide Sample Image


We understand this announcement for the trial version comes late and apologize for the long delay. Due to promotional planning circumstances, an early look was given to some game media outlets, however, we are also putting a lot of work into this backer trial version which will offer a good feel for the full game.

Further details concerning the trial version will be announced here in the updates, and we hope you will continue to look forward to the release.


Thank you always for your support.



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I'm glad they kept the vibrant colours, it looks like a modern AM2 game. It's great to see a built up area as all we've seen is rural stuff so far. I'm really impressed. The mechnical arcade games are a really nice touch. I'll miss the Sega games but the Afterburner theme is confirmed in (when you're chopping wood well - genius  :lol:) and there's pictures of Space Harrier and Virtua Fighter in the Bailu arcade, so who knows? Maybe they are keeping some surprises back.


Less than 3 months to go before Shenmue III is a reality !  :omg:


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