Deep Silver is to publish Shenmue 3, the publisher has announced. Developed by Yu Suzuki's YsNet studio, the global publishing deal will cover the release exclusively on PS4 and PC and will be arriving in both physical and digital editions. Shenmue 3 is currently expected to release in the second half of 2018.
Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media and Deep Silver said: Shenmue is one of a few game franchises that have historical value whilst continuing to ignite passion across gamers. We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to utilizing our global publishing network to maximize the potential of this highly anticipated game."
Yu Suzuki, the director of Shenmue III and CEO of Ys Net added: I am very pleased to secure this global partnership with Deep Silver, which is comprised of incredible men and women who have a deep passion for bringing Japanese titles to the rest of the world.
"Throughout this process, Deep Silver has expressed a deep passion for Japanese games, the Shenmue franchise and its fans—this gives me further confidence in Shenmue III and that we have found the best partner possible.”
Florian Hunziker, vice president of PlayStation's Third Party Relations & Developer Technology Group stated:We are very excited for the continuation of Ryo Hazuki's journey in Shenmue III, and are confident the game will deliver the story and gameplay PlayStation fans have been waiting for.
The global partnership between Ys Net and Deep Silver will help realize Yu Suzuki's vision for Shenmue III—we are thrilled to see his spirit of innovation materialize on PS4.”