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Although Shenmue III is still more than a year away from release, Ys Net is getting some additional help in order to maximize the game’s potential.
After a summer of unfortunate announcements from the developer, such as missing E3 2017 and delaying the game almost an entire year to late 2018, Ys Net has officially partnered with publisher Deep Silver to aid with the development of Shenmue III.
Here is the official statement from Shenmue III director and Ys Net CEO Yu Suzuki on the partnership:
“…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.”
Shenmue III was officially announced during Sony’s Press Conference during E3 2015, along with their kickstater campaign with a target goal of $2 million. Within under nine hours, the team’s funding goals were already met, with financial support rising to roughly $6 million by the end of July 2015, making Shenmue III the highest funded video game in history via kickstarter.
Publisher Deep Silver was founded in 2002 and is responsible for the publishing of notable series such as Dead Island, Metro, Homefront, and Saints Row after THQ filed for bankruptcy. In recent memory, Deep Silver has aided with the releases of another crowdfunded title, Mighty No. 9, and Atlus’s Persona 5 for the PAL region.
Shenmue III will release in late 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC.