The NewsYet – Shenmue 3 Kickstarter backers angry about Epic Games Store exclusivity – The Verge
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Some backers of action gameShenmue III’smultimillion-dollar Kickstarter campaign are upset that it will launch exclusively on Epic’s Games Store, scuttling plans for a launch on Steam. Developer Ys Net revealed Epic’s exclusivity during E3’s PC Gaming Show today. Almost immediately, backers who had specifically requested a Steam key floodedYs Net’s Kickstarter announcement, with some requesting refunds.
Shenmue IIIwill launch November 19th on PlayStation 4 and PC. As SavyGamer founder Lewie Procternoted on Twitter, Ys Net previously listed Steam as a requirement for playing the game on PC. Later, however, the studio and its publisher Deep Silver decided that “the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.” Backers can get a digital or physical copy of the game, but, either way, they’ll need to activate it through Epic. That’s putShenmue IIIin the crosshairs of Steam fanswho oppose Epic’srecent push for exclusive games.
The game’s Steam page isstill live, and its publisher could theoretically still distribute Steam keys to backers and sell the game through Epic more generally. However, the update specifically mentions requiring Epic’s software. We’ve reached out to Deep Silver to confirm what’s going on.
Games likeMetro ExodusandBorderlands 3have previously been announced as timed Epic Games Store exclusives. Some angry Steam fans responded byreview-bombingBorderlands 2so badly that Steam intervened to stop them from influencing its overall score. Criticsgive several reasonsfor hating the Epic Games Store. Some dislike the software’s overall interface, others objected to an invasive tracking feature that shipped with early versions, a few have offered unsubstantiated claims that Epic is controlled by the Chinese government, and many simply don’t want to install yet another launcher to play their games.
We don’t know what percentage ofShenmuefans really care about the exclusivity. Today’s Kickstarter announcement currently has around 430 comments, the vast majority of them angry, but nearly 70,000 people backed the project when itlaunched in 2015. We also don’t know whetherShenmue III’sdevelopers will be offering refunds. And we don’t know how people will respond to the game itself, which has been delayed several times but may finally be on the verge of a release.