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.
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.