- Oct 25, 2017
Shenmue 3 sales are as bad in Japan as they are in the UK
Yep. It’s true. And means a Shenmue 4 probably won’t happen for a long time, if ever.
The highly anticipated kickstarter follow-up to the last Shenmue, released almost twenty years ago in 2001, managed only 18,000 units in Japan, during a week ruled really by Nintendo’s dual Pokemon releases. These figures have been sourced by Gematsu via Famitsu’s sales estimates. It’s a disappointing plop in the ocean for Shenmue, considering how many players have waited so long for the game to come to light.
Instead, Sword and Shield held the Japanese top spot with more than 382,000 sales in a week. Shenmue 3 was unlikely to ever really rival one of Japan’s biggest franchises, but the numbers still probably fall short of publisher expectations, especially in the game’s home country where it has been immensely popular in the past.
Shenmue 3 also failed to crack the top 10 in the UK, too, debuting at no.17, selling only just over half of last year’s Shenmue I and II remaster. The remaster was multi-platform, whereas Shenmue 3 is a PS4 and PC exclusive, but it’s very unlikely that the lack of Xbox availability makes up the shortfall.