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 the latter half of 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 CEO of Ys Net 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 kickstarter campaign with a target goal of $2 million. That goal was met in under nine hours, 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 following the closure of developer THQ. More recently, Deep Silver has also published games such as crowd funded Mighty No. 9, as well as Persona 5 for the PAL region.
Shenmue III will release in late 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC.