Those who backed Shenmue III's Kickstarter get their first glimpse at Bailu Village sometime this weekend.

Exclusive Shenmue 3 Backer Trial Round-Kicks Its Way to PC This Weekend

Those who backed Shenmue III's Kickstarter get their first glimpse at Bailu Village sometime this weekend.

Ys Net posted another Shenmue III Kickstarter update today. It lets backers know when they’ll be receiving access to the exclusive Shenmue III Backer Trial Version starting this weekend.

Recommended Videos

We detailed what the trial version will consist of before, but in short, it’s a roughly one-hour-long segment that lets players experience a brief portion of gameplay in Bailu Village. That segment won’t contain any of the game’s main story at the beginning. However, it will offer some bits of the game’s storyline, along with mini-games, puzzles, and of course, combat.

The demo ends when you reach 9:00 p.m. in-game or defeat the final boss. However, it can be replayed.

Ys Net didn’t offer any specific timeframe for when backers can expect their trial code. From what we know, Fangamer will send them out via email — not forklift — sometime over the weekend (9/28-9/29).

Specifically, the trial code will come in a survey email, and here’s how to download and activate the Shenmue III Backer Trial Version:

  • Navigate to the Backer Management page
  • Click “Get Download Codes”
  • Redeem the code via the Epic Games Store
  • If you don’t have an EGS account already, you can sign up for free here.

Ys Net also recommends using controllers instead of mouse and keyboard. The final product will support mouse and keyboard play, but at this time, the trial build is better optimized for controller use.

Shenmue III will be available November 19 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and yes, it is EGS exclusive on PC.

GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Josh Broadwell
Josh Broadwell
Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.