Deep Silver and Ys Net Inc. Sign Global Publishing Deal for Shenmue III

Deep Silver have today announced that they have signed a global publishing deal with Ys Net Inc in order to publish, and in turn distribute, Shenmue III onto the PS4 and PC across the globe.

For those unaware Shenmue III, which is the much requested final instalment into the Shenmue trilogy that originally began on the SEGA Dreamcast, has been in development since its initial Kickstarter campaign back in 2015. Since then Ys Net have been developing the game but ‘vey little’ has been shown to the public; however this new publishing deal means that Ys Net can focus on development of the game while Deep Silver act as the publisher throughout the world; a feat which  Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media/Deep Silver, is proud to be a part of.

Shenmue is one of a few game franchises that have historical value whilst continuing to ignite passion across gamers. We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to utilizing our global publishing network to maximize the potential of this highly anticipated game.”

Meanwhile Yu Suzuki, the director of Shenmue III and CEO of Ys Net added:

“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.”

Further details about Shenmue III, and in turn it’s development history, can be found below:

About Shenmue III:
Shenmue III is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Dreamcast classics Shenmue (1999) and Shenmue II (2001). The brainchild of award-winning game director, Yu Suzuki, Shenmue set out to combine action gameplay from his arcade classic Virtua Fighter with RPG mechanics to weave a long-form epic for home consoles. Commonly known as one of the most ambitious game projects in history, Shenmue captured the imagination of players from around the world with its unique setting, intimate and cinematic character-focused story, realistic battles, and fun mini-games. Many of the features pioneered in Shenmue is now commonplace in modern games, including open world and Quick Time Event gameplay. Shenmue III was officially announced on stage at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference and simultaneously launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, breaking two Guinness World Records upon raising over $6 million dollars. The game is currently in development at Yu Suzuki’s independent company, Ys Net, located in Tokyo along with many original Shenmue team members.

Shenmue III is expected to release during 2018 and further details will be revealed in due course.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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