Kickstarter editions of “Shenmue III” being prepped for shipping; launch trailer released

In a backer update on Wednesday, Ys Net revealed that the Shenmue III launch trailer is officially live. In addition, backers of the Shenmue III Kickstarter have started to receive email notices from the Fangamer fulfillment service that their games are being prepped for shipping. However, these messages specify that only the Kickstarter version of the game and slipcase will be coming in the first shipment, so if you bought into the higher tiers which promised other physical rewards, those will be shipped at a later date.

Here’s the text from Fangamer:

We’re currently preparing US-bound physical copies of Shenmue 3 for shipment! This email is to let you know that yours has been packed at our Tucson warehouse. (Your other reward(s) will be shipped separately later.)

This is your tracking number, which is currently inactive. Your package has not yet been shipped—it will be released into the postal system closer to release date.

The tracking number for these items is: NE14A69*

Unfortunately, it does not look as though Kickstarter editions are being rushed out, which is a bit unfortunate as the street date for the retail version of Shenmue III was broken earlier this week in Europe. However, street dates do get broken for other highly-anticipated releases from time to time, so those who preorder games often get the short end of the stick.

Whether you’ve been waiting since day 1 of the Kickstarter in 2015 or since the initial SEGA Dreamcast release of Shenmue II in 2001, the years of pining are almost at an end. You can give the Shenmue III launch trailer below a watch or seven in the meantime.

*Disclosure: the author of this post is a backer of the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign. That tracking number is fake, by the way. I’m not that dumb.


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