Deep Silver and developer Ys Net have announced a new publishing collaboration for the long awaited Shenmue III. You can find Ys Net's blog post about the new partnership here.
The game is currently scheduled for release in the second half of 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC, with both physical and digital versions.
Deep Silver's CEO Klemens Kundratitz, series creator Yu Suzuki, and PlayStation VP Florian Hunziker commented on the new partnership and we have those comments below:
“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,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media/Deep Silver
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.”
“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,” said Florian Hunziker, Vice President of PlayStation’s Third Party Relations & Developer Technology Group. “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.”
If you are attending Gamescom this year, you can meet Yu Suzuki during two sessions at the event. He will be present at public area Hall 9.1 Stand B011/C010, Wednesday evening 18:30-19:30, and Thursday noon 12:30-13:30. "He excited to meet Shenmue fans and celebrate this new partnership with Deep Silver."
You can follow the development of Shenmue III and even pledge to the project at http://shenmue.link.