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Shenmue III Physical Retail Release 'Currently Unconfirmed'

Shenmue III Physical Retail Release 'Currently Unconfirmed' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 July 2015 / 3,235 Views

It is not certain that a physical release for Shenmue III will ever hit store shelves, according to Ys Net, who spoke with VG24/7

"Whether Shenmue III will be available for retail or not is currently unconfirmed," said Ys when asked if the $60 "Special Backer Edition" will be available outside of the Kickstarter campaign.

So if you are interested in purchasing a physical copy of Shenmue III you'll need to back the game at the $60 tier in order to guarantee a copy. The Kickstarter campaign ends in 34 hours at the time of writing.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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deskpro2k3 (on 16 July 2015)

Of course the "Special Backer Edition" wont be on store selves.. Physical standard edition is a different story.

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deskpro2k3 deskpro2k3 (on 16 July 2015)


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Maximus2013 (on 16 July 2015)

No physical no purchase....

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Mystro-Sama (on 16 July 2015)

Its almost certainly going to be in stores physically. It would be totally stupid if it wasn't.

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assclown (on 16 July 2015)

so they put false rumor to force people pledge 60$... more i see from that campaign further i stay away!! game will probably turn just ok but not good (it wont be open world since it didn't reach 11 million.....

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deskpro2k3 assclown (on 17 July 2015)

assclown, it won't be a "special backer edition" if it wasn't exclusive on kickstarter. physical copy will still be on store shelves, just not the "special backer edition" ones. This stupid thread title is misleading.

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KLAMarine (on 16 July 2015)

What's so bad about a digital release?

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Paatar KLAMarine (on 16 July 2015)

Nothing. Some people (like myself) prefer having a physical copy of whatever we buy. That way it really feels like you own it, and it looks good on the shelf. ;)

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bigtakilla (on 16 July 2015)

This looks like a very small budget release. Wouldn't surprise me if it didn't get a physical release. It earned around the same as Bloodstained and Mighty No. 9, and is supposed to be this big open world game. People expecting the epic conclusion to the series are going to be left extremely disappointed I fear.

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xl-klaudkil bigtakilla (on 16 July 2015)

You do know its already confirmed it will get funds from somewhere else right?

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VGPolyglot (on 16 July 2015)

Well, I backed the physical PS4 version, so I'm getting one either way. But honestly, this is probably to make people on the fence back it thinking "if I don't do it now I will never get one!".

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garretslarrity (on 16 July 2015)

I happily chose the digital version anyway. Let's hope these last moments are great for the campaign!

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