Yu Suzuki has confirmed to Famitsu that Shenmue 3 will begin taking PC version pre-orders on Friday, 15th December.
Development is entering the final stage headed towards full-scale production. Early in the new year, I think we’ll be able to show you things such as new videos. We will continue progressing with development so that our backers and those who experience the world of Shenmue for the first time can do so with pleasure. Also, at noon on December 15, we will start pre-order sales for the PC version of Shenmue III, which received a lot of requests.
The game originally announced its Kickstarter campaign on stage with Sony, it went on to reach $6 million in funding. It also generated a large amount of backlash from players wondering why, if Sony was so committed, didn’t it fund the game and why was Yu Suzuki only asking for $2 million when the originals cost $47 million plus marketing.
Shenmue 3 is set to launch on PC and PlayStation 4 and is expected in late 2017.