Shenmue 3 Is Coming To Steam, One Year After Release

The third game in the series will soon be available for Valve's online store.


Shenmue III came out on PS4 and the Epic Games Store on November 19, 2019, continuing a saga that began almost 20 years earlier on the Sega Dreamcast. Now, a year after that, players who have been waiting for the game to release on Steam will finally be able to play it.

The game, which was exclusive to Epic for a year, will come to Steam on November 19, 2020. Shenmue III's rollout onto PC was pretty messy, with some Kickstarter backers claiming refunds instead of taking codes for Epic or waiting a year.

This means that players who backed the game's Kickstarter and then opted to accept a Steam code instead of an Epic code will be able to play the game soon. In a new update, Ys Net reports that codes for the game and in-game rewards will be available just before release. "Applicable backers will be able to claim their codes through the 'Downloads and Download Codes' section of your survey," the update says.

The game is still not available on Xbox or Switch, although Xbox One owners can purchase the first two games, both of which are available on the console.

This might not be the end for Shenmue, with director Yu Suzuki still intending to make Shenmue 4. The third game received a 5/10 from GameSpot, although many hardcore fans of the series were happy to see series hero Ryo Hazuki return.

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