When Shenmue III releases in the second half of 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC, it will be published by Deep Silver (Agents of Mayhem, Saints Row IV), developer Ys Net announced today. As a result, both physical and digital versions of the game will be available to buy worldwide.
Shenmue III Director Yu Suzuki said:
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. 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.
Koch Media/Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz added, “Shenmue is one of a few game franchises that have historical value whilst continuing to ignite passion across gamers. We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to utilizing our global publishing network to maximize the potential of this highly anticipated game.”
Sony, who is providing support for Shenmue III, also weighed in on the partnership. Florian Hunziker, VP of PlayStation’s Third Party Relations group, said, “We are very excited for the continuation of Ryo Hazuki’s journey in Shenmue III, and are confident the game will deliver the story and gameplay PlayStation fans have been waiting for. The global partnership between Ys Net and Deep Silver will help realize Yu Suzuki’s vision for Shenmue III – we are thrilled to see his spirit of innovation materialize on PS4.”
If you’re headed to gamescom 2017, Yu Suzuki will be hosting two Meet & Greets in the public area Hall 9.1 Stand B011/C0101 on Wednesday, August 23 (6:30pm to 7:30pm) and Thursday, August 24 (12:30pm to 1:30pm).