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Shenmue III is timed exclusive to Epic Games Store, backers PC code redeemed on EGS & no refund (See Threadmark) [READ STAFF POSTS BEFORE POSTING]

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Nov 1, 2017
If the exclusive is temporary, i will wait for steam release. If not fuck epic and the developers who keep misleading customers.


Oct 27, 2017
Dammit, I backed for PS4 on the kickstarter, but when I went into my survey I never realized they had a selection for it and it was sitting at "Physical Steam" so I changed it to Physical PS4, but not sure that will take at this point. I'll argue given the actual selection on my kickstarter page if I have to when it comes down to it.

BTW, everyything on the Survey says Steam, not just PC.


Oct 27, 2017
It still has the store page on Steam, and is still being updated. So unless this deal happened within the last 4 days, I can't see why they would keep the steam page open if it was Epic exclusive.

I'll likely still buy it on Epic if that is the case, but that sucks for people who really wanted steam keys from the kickstarter.


Oct 25, 2017
Didn't they send out a survey with something like "Steam account required" not too long ago?

Just a real bullshit move.


Oct 25, 2017
I feel like half the PC games coming out are exclusive to the Epic Game Store. People are likely eventually going to have to give in and support EGS in order to keep playing a huge chunk of modern PC games. Sucks but as time goes on more and more games becomes exclusives for EGS.
The top games of e3 are coming out on Steam and you say this?

bbq of doom

Oct 25, 2017
Are we going to - systematically - hate when a game is exclusive to the EGS ? Seriously...
I think calling it “systematic hate” buries the lede a bit and obfuscates why folks dislike this recent anti-consumer trend.

For me, all anti-consumer practices should be called out and scrutinized, otherwise the consumers’ interest is lost and cast aside in favor of corporate bias and boot licking.


Oct 27, 2017
It's a scum bag move and it's one that should be called out by everyone but as we have seen on this forum time and time again people don't care as long as they can play the hottest new shit.

This was crowd funded, people backed this and handed over their hard earned money to bring this game to life on the promise of a Steam version. Obviously I don't know the details and what will happen to those backers (maybe they will get keys?) but this is scummy as fuck.


Oct 26, 2017
Even as someone on this board more positive to Epic, you can’t argue this is a dick move to the people who made the game a reality.
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Dusk Golem

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Oct 25, 2017
As a backer who doesn't on a personal level want to support the Epic Store for the time being, I am incredibly disappointed by this.

I'm sure development-wise there's good reason they've done this, but I can't lie, as an end user I'm not that happy about this. But this might mean I won't play Shenmue 3 even though I've already paid for it, which I'll be saddened by.


Oct 27, 2017
Wasn't this one of kickstarter's biggest campaigns ever?

Makes them look pretty bad tbh, even if it's out of their hands


Jan 3, 2019
No. We hate a game when years ago was announced on Steam and now it's on another client. It's a different thing.
When it was announced and financed "years ago" (during the month of the Kickstarter campaign), it wasn't announced for Steam. Only "PC Version".

You can repeat a lie as many times as you want...but it won't become the truth.


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Mar 25, 2019
You know what, I don't care. I'm refunding either way now. Just scummy all around I don't even want a steam key anymore. Epic game store and yu suzuki both can suck it


Oct 25, 2017
I don't remember anyone hating games only on Gamepass/ the Xbox store/ GOG so this isn't just "bUt STeaM faNBOys".


Oct 28, 2017
I feel like half the PC games coming out are exclusive to the Epic Game Store. People are likely eventually going to have to give in and support EGS in order to keep playing a huge chunk of modern PC games. Sucks but as time goes on more and more games becomes exclusives for EGS.
Just wait a year and get them cheaper + patched up. egs customers can beta test for all i care lol. egs customers will also use the steam forums to complain about technical problems. wanna know why? because egs sucks so hard it doesnt even have forums on a per game basis


Oct 30, 2017
I pledged for a physical PC box - how will that work with the EGS, if at all? I imagine it will integrate with EGS for patches and the like.


Oct 28, 2017
I feel bad for everyone who fell for this Shenmue III scam. But honestly the writing was on the wall. Yu Suzuki uses E3 to ask for money, gets millions, asks for more for new "features," then royally screws his backers for more money. He doesn't care about Shenmue fans, he only cares about funding his vision. It was apparent since he took the stage in 2015.


Oct 31, 2017
Valve needs to start kicking EGS exclusives off of steam.
Nah, just ignore Tim's ego trip and let these games utilize Steam features like forums and guides which Epic refuses to provide.

That alone will speak volumes. We don't need two giant corporations going to war "console warz" style in the PC landscape.


Oct 27, 2017
Sweeney is dirtbag for doing these types of deals but my want for them is larger than my hatred of the practice.
Good luck to everyone fighting the fight though.


Oct 25, 2017
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