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Deep Silver and Ys Net announce publishing partnership for Shenmue III, and reveal new art.

The announcement comes as something of a surprise, with many fans of the series naturally expecting Sega – who still hold the Shenmue IP – to be involved in some capacity. The publishing deal includes both the digital and physical releases of Shenmue III, which is now due for release on PlayStation 4 and PC next year. (Anyone care to make a bet on that?)

Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media/Deep Silver, said in a press statement:

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.”

Legendary game designer, and director of Shenmue III, Yu Suzuki, 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.”

Accompanying the news are two pieces of newly released art.

If you’re excited about the game, and attending Gamescom next week, you’ll have the chance to meet Yu Suzuki himself. He will be attending two Meet & Greet events on Wednesday August 23rd between 6:30pm and 7:00 pm, and on Thursday August 24th between 12:30pm and 1:30 pm. Head over to the Deep Silver stand in Hall 9.1 B011 / C010. We’d recommend getting there well in advance of the listed times.

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