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Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Steam key backers to get refund, paid with extra Epic Games funds

Those who expected a Steam key will be able to request a full refund in the near future

Raymond Bakker
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Raymond Bakker
Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 13:01 GMT
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Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Steam key backers to get refund, paid with extra Epic Games funds

Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 13:01 GMT
Raymond Bakker
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Raymond Bakker


Indie development studio Ys Net will be refunding Shenmue 3 Kickstarter backers who expected to receive a Steam key. The game suddenly became a one-year Epic Games Store exclusive title last month.

The development studio has now decided that those who were expecting to receive a Steam key on the day of its release will be getting a full refund. The company will use extra funds it receives from Epic Games to nullify the lost revenue, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney confirmed on social media.

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According to a recent statement, giving out Steam keys to backers who expected them required "coordination with the sales policies of the involved companies" which was "untenable". As a result, development studio Ys Net decided to not make a day one distribution option for Steam keys.

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