Shenmue 3 has been caught up in controversy like a male feminist being caught red-handed for sexual deviancy. After YS Net and Deep Silver announced that Shenmue 3 is now an Epic Games Store timed exclusive, many fans voiced their displeasure with said deal. As it stands now, Yu Suzuki reveals that the Epic money isn’t enough to make Shenmue 4‘s development easy and that Shenmue 3 performing well will help with the next installment.
Although Shenmue 3 is coming out for PC via the Epic Games Store, PS4, and Xbox One on November 19th, 2019, it seems as if Tim Sweeney’s Fortnite money will not secure the fourth installment in the Shenmue series. What will secure the next installment? Actual sales and who YS Net and crew partner with, as noted in an interview with website videogameschronicle.com:
“If Shenmue 3 sells well it will make things easier [with Shenmue 4], but I think it will rely more on what kind of partners we will be able to secure.”
In other words, when the website asked Suzuki about his plans for Shenmue 4, he’s saying that the fourth game’s development will be easier if sales of the upcoming game are on track. But if they aren’t, the Epic money or deal won’t pad out a secure future for anything moving forward.
In addition to the above, Suzuki believes that partnering up with the right people will also help with the next entry’s development.
With all of that said, will Shenmue 3 still perform well even though it’s on the Epic Games Store?
While we wait to see how the upcoming game will perform, the publication site asked Suzuki if he would like to return to Virtua Fighter or OutRun. Suzuki says that he would like to return to those classics:
“Yes I would like to [return to those]. There might be something [happening], but since the IP you mentioned are owned by Sega, I would need to work with them. I am a special consultant with Sega, but we will need to talk.”
Summarizing all of this, Suzuki wants to make the next Shenmue game but needs Shenmue 3 to sale well despite pocketing big boy Sweeney’s Fortnite money. He also would like to make Virtua Fighter or OutRun, but needs to consult with Sega to re-visit those games.