It's been almost a month since it was announced that Shenmue 3 will be Epic Store Exclusive for PC users. Initially, this angered many players, especially those who supported the Kickstarter project.
As some of you may remember, the Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3 was one of the most successful Kickstarter game campaigns ever conducted. Many people were very excited and happy once they heard that Shenmue 3 is in development, and more than 69,000 people supported the campaign. However, a little less than a month ago, Ys Net announced that Shenmue 3 will be exclusive to Epic Store. Needless to say, the crowd went crazy after this announcement, and not in a positive way. Thousands of sponsors demanded refunds after this announcement as they felt betrayed, and rightly so. During the campaign, there was no "PC" in the list of platform options. In fact, there were versions of PS4 and Steam, which is what made so many people angry. The Steam platform was also included in the system requirements, and this only changed once the exclusivity of Epic Store was announced.
Initially, Ys Net refused to offer refunds to sponsors, which only made things worse. Recently, however, updated their Kickstarter page stating that they will in fact offer several options for game sponsors. Those who do not want to use the Epic Games client can choose to obtain the PS4 key or receive a refund. Sponsors who decide to obtain the Epic Store key will also receive a Steam key from the game one year after its launch, once the exclusivity agreement expires, so those large enough patients will eventually receive both versions of the game.
In addition, it seems Epic Games is behind all these refunds, which explains the sudden announcement of Ys Net, after initially refusing to allow refunds. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney recently announced this in on his Twitter page :
“Epic is financing the cost of all Kickstarter refunds resulting from the transfer of Shenmue III to the Epic store Games, so that refunds are not reduced Financing for the development of Ys Net. When future games become exclusive to Epic after offering crowdfunding rewards at other PC stores, we will coordinate with colleagues in the other stores to ensure key availability in advance, or guarantee refunds at the time of announcement. ”
However, if companies are there If they are allowed to prime and change people to back up their project just to announce the exclusivity agreement after taking the sponsors' money, people will think twice before deciding Support future gaming projects. It remains to be seen how this whole story will unfold, but still, after all this fiasco, those who are lost are the players.