Shenmue 3 may not see a physical retail release

A Shenmue 3 retail release is not guaranteed, however it seems that it is still within the realm of possibility.

Ys Net has told VG247 via email that a retail release of Shenmue 3 is "currently unconfirmed."

A physical copy of the Kickstarter-funded game will be provided to those who pledge $60 or more, however, a physical copy may not hit store shelves. For now, we know that Shenmue 3 will release digitally on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Shenmue 3 has been one of the most successful Kickstarter projects in terms of funding, raking in $5,262,192 as of 4:00 ET of today.

A retail release could certainly be possible, however, especially if the game is successful, especially given that another Kickstarter success story, Shovel Knight, was recently announced to have a retail release. 

The cryptic "unconfirmed" language used by Ys Net's reps also suggests that it is, at the very least, within the realm of possibility.

Will you be purchasing the game digitally? Or will you hold out for a physical release of Shenmue 3? Let me know in the comments!


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Published Jul. 16th 2015
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Must have physical. Digital just doesn't feel the same. Yuu Suzuki pls. :(

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