Shenmue III has finally gotten itself a global publisher. After its announcement back in 2015 and a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, production for the game seemed to come to a stall despite all of the support but all that is about to change. Developer Ys Net has announced that Deep Silver, who has previously distributed games like Saints Row IV, Dead Island, and Homefront: The Revolution, will be working with the team of Shenmue III to publish the long-awaited JRPG.
“I am very pleased to secure this global partnership with Deep Silver, which is comprised of incredible men and women who have a deep passion for bringing Japanese titles to the rest of the world,” said Shenmue III director Yu Suzuki. “Throughout this process, Deep Silver has expressed a deep passion for Japanese games, the Shenmue franchise, and its fans–this gives me further confidence in Shenmue III and that we have found the best partner possible.”(via Gamespot)
Deep Silver put the news on its website and confirmed the game will “exclusively” launch on PlayStation 4 and PC, releasing both physical and digital copies. We were also given a release date slated for the second half of 2018.
The crowdfunding campaign for the game ended at the highest-ever figure for a video game. Shenmue III netted nearly 70,000 backers, pledging $6,333,295. We’re sure the amount of money put towards the game has likely raised since these numbers were last checked.
With Shenmue III finally getting a publisher hopefully, we do see the game released in the time frame we were given. If not, we’ll be stuck waiting as we’ve already been.