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Epic Games Store to refund crowdfunding gamers after Shenmue III debacle

Epic Games Store Shenmue III

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the exclusivity agreement between Epic Games Store and Ys Net/Deep Silver, developer and publisher of highly anticipated Shenmue III, Epic Games has not only agreed to refund all unhappy Kickstarter supporters of the title, they’ve further agreed to refund any future crowdfunded game that ends up solely on their platform.

A few days ago, it was announced that Deep Silver had granted Epic Games Store the exclusive rights to digitally distribute Shenmue III, much to the disappointment of many a Kickstarter backer that were of the understanding they’d be receiving a Steam key for their support. In response, Epic Games announced that they’d refund all Shenmue III backers who aren’t thrilled with the prospect of installing yet another game launcher on their PCs.

In a tweet posted today by Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney, Sweeney clarified that Epic will “either coordinate with colleagues at the other stores to ensure key availability in advance, or guarantee refunds at announcement time.”

This latest news comes after several months of angry PC gamers expressing their displeasure at having to choose a platform, a phenomenon very familiar to console gamers who have had to make much the same decisions over the past many console generations.

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