If you were one of the many people who put some money towards the Kickstarter for Shenmue 3, you’re entitled to a refund in lieu of being able to play the game on Steam at release.
In a move that ruffled plenty of feathers, Shenmue developer Ys Net recently announced that the game would have a one-year exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store. The ensuing backlash has been an enduring one, and Ys Net recently responded to their frustrated fans.
In a new post to their Kickstarter page, Ys Net has explained how they intend to handle the issue — which includes allowing backers to switch from a PC version to PS4 — and elaborated on how they intend to handle refunds: in short, Epic are footing the bill.
This is corroborated by two tweets by Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who also added that they would be handling future Kickstarter-funded projects the same way. If not being able to play Shenmue III on Steam for a full year is a deal-breaker for you, Epic will give you a refund.
This is the latest development in a gradually escalating saga of Epic snatching up timed exclusivity deals with upcoming games, meaning they won’t be releasing on Steam at the same time. This aggressive approach is likely intended to help the recently launched Epic Games Store get off the ground, but it’s left plenty of Steam loyalists feeling bitter.
Back when they first announced the Epic Games Store, Epic were critical of Steam taking 30% of revenue from developers. Their approach sees developers receiving 88% of their game’s revenue, rather than just 70%.
Whatever you think of their strategy, it doesn’t look like this is the end for Epic’s myriad exclusivity deals.