The disc in Shenmue 3’s PC physical release for backers will not contain any game data, just data for the Epic Games Store installer.
A new Kickstarter post went live for Shenmue 3 today, and while the major draw was the Deep Silver and Ys Net will finally be offering refunds to those unhappy about Epic Games Store exclusivity, it also included some other important information on the PC release. Clearing up confusion from a previous post, Ys Net did confirm that those who backed Shenmue 3 to get a physical PC release will still be receiving a disk in that package. That being said, it comes with a major caveat.
According to the developers, “the PC Physical version will be delivered on disk. However, the disk will contain the Epic Games Store installer and not the actual game data.” Games like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain have done something similar with Steam in the past, with the disc mainly just serving as the middleman between the player and the storefront the game in question is available on. If you were hoping to avoid the Epic Games Store controversy via the physical PC release you backed for, that will unfortunately not be possible.
Even as someone who does not inherently hate the Epic Games Store, the fact that Shenmue 3’s PC disc will not include any actual game data is disappointing. Physical PC games are becoming less and less common as digital storefronts take over for the sake of convenience, so it’s sad to see Shenmue 3 skimping on its physical release. As I mentioned, Ys Net will be offering refunds for backers that are not pleased with this decision, but this announcement is still disappointing for those of us that like getting games physically so we’ll have the game data on hand.
You can check out the latest trailer for the game below. Shenmue 3 releases for PC and PS4 on November 19.