As much as it bums me out to see stuff like this being published, it’s perhaps more disappointing that YS Net seems content to do nothing about it.
With all this NFT business, it’s clear that they’re not overly bothered about the studio’s reputation, but this is straight up defamation. If they do ever decide to go down the crowdfunding route again, stuff like this will have a hugely negative impact - especially if it’s allowed to become the established narrative.
As I said elsewhere, not liking it or being disappointed is a matter of opinion. But “scam” is just straight-up wrong, offensive and, frankly, legally dicey.Aspects of this aren't exactly wrong...
The Epic Store exclusivity was a large controversy and a lot of PC backers were pissed. I remember it being a huge deal both inside and outside the Shenmue community.
The plot was poorly received.
"Right before its release, Shenmue 3 was declared an Epic store exclusive, which sparked a wave of discontent among Steam users. The myriad of issues at launch didn't help to improve its bad reputation either.
With more than $6 million of backing, avid fans of the Shenmue series were expecting a full title with better graphics and gameplay. While many may admire the charm of Shenmue 3, its plot was also poorly received by fans and newcomers to the series."
But they really should have stopped here ("While Shenmue 3 may not be officially a scam") and not gone with the clickbait headline. That headline is just a lawsuit begging to happen.
It's completely wrong that Shenmue 3 is included in an article with that headline. I assume it's a lazy article with no research done whatsoever (I only got as far as reading what they wrote about Shenmue 3) since they went the easy route of picking on Shenmue instead of going with many of the various projects that blew all its backers' money and then disappeared...
As I said elsewhere, not liking it or being disappointed is a matter of opinion. But “scam” is just straight-up wrong, offensive and, frankly, legally dicey.
Exactly. I am surprised they went with the word "scam". I wouldn't think that's particularly wise, even in the case of "genuine" scams.
Since the first day I ended S3, I have the impression (I don't know if it would be truth or not), that perhaps Yu-san and the team they voluntarily wanted not to introduce more history, because perhaps the kickstarter in practice was not the best way to make a game like this and they preferred to reserve it for future games with better development.
Simply put technical issues is the mostly likely reason.I'm wondering why they didn't implement the feature in Shenmue 3 to transfer game data (money, capsule toys etc) from S1/2 like in Shenmue 1 to 2 remaster ???
A way around this could have been to include an (optional) manual converter, where you could enter your Shenmue II inventory, money etc manually when making your save. I don’t think it would have been that hard to make something like that. Just a load of toggles etc and put a UI on top of it.Simply put technical issues is the mostly likely reason.
Also the capsules from 1 and 2 were not licensed to be in Shenmue 3 so there's also that issue.