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Shenmue 3 Developer Addresses Fans Concerns Over Epic Store Exclusivity

The developer behind Shenmue 3, Ys Net, revealed last week during E3 that the crowdfunded sequel will appear on the PC as an Epic Store exclusive at launch.

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Initial fan reaction was mixed, with many feeling agitated that Ys Net had moved back from their initial statement that said the game would be available on Steam. The developer still plans on launching the game on the platform, but not for 12 months after the initial release.

Ys Net has responded to the disparaging comments on their Kickstarter Page, saying that they are listening to fans. Important Representatives from the studio are currently on their way back from E3 2019, but the studio assured fans that they plan on sitting down and finding a way forward in returning fan confidence to the game when they get back home.

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"We want to make sure that the Backers are aware that we are listening to their concerns," Ys Net says in the update. "We kindly ask all our fans to have some patience, we are currently at E3 demoing the game and need to get back to our respective offices to assess the situation and together find a way forward to justify the trust you placed in us." (https://bit.ly/2ZuKek0)

Back in 2015, development was funded on Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 by 69,000 backers contributing a total of $6.3 million. The publisher behind Saints Row, Deep Silver, later stepped forward to take on publishing rights for the game.

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Shenmue 3 was just one of the titles the Epic Games Store said was coming to the platform as a timed exclusive. The studio clarified that this move was made because Epic offered them a unique sense of stability that they could not find anywhere else.

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Bloodstained No Longer Coming To Mac Or Linux

The upcoming side scroller Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, from the producer of Castlevania, Koji Igarashi, removed their support for Mac and Linux based operating systems. This news follows the developers' cancellation of the PlayStation Vita version, a delay into 2019, and adding resources from the developer behind the Shantae series, WayFoward.

Igarashi Breaks the Bloodstained News

This news was revealed by Igarashi himself on a post made through Kickstarter.

“Bloodstained will no longer be supported on Mac and Linux,” he wrote. “We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game. We will be offering backers who planned to play the game on Mac and Linux the option to change the platform of their order.”

The post also included instructions on how backers can switch the platform they selected. Currently, the development team is set to produce versions of Bloodstained for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Kickstarter and Fans Made Bloodstained Possible

Bloodstained's journey began with a Kickstarter request that was able to secure over $5 million from 65,000 backers. The game was ranked 16 on the all-time top earners of the donation platform, grossing even more money the Dark Souls board game. Initially the game was supposed to release in March 2017, but delays have set it back to sometime 2019.

Unfortunately, the failure of Kickstarter video game projects to meet their own deadlines has led to a sharp decline in people donating money to projects. Funding fell from $42.5 million in 2015 to $17 million in 2018.

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We'll be keeping a close eye on the status of Bloodstained so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest on this controversial indie project.

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Dead Matter: A True Zombie Survival Game

Dead Matter: A True Zombie Survival Game

Every fan of zombie fiction has at some point asked themselves "what would I do in a zombie apocalypse?" The indie developer, Quantum Integrity, is looking to help answer this question with their upcoming sandbox survival game Dead Matter. Originally developed as a mod for Crysis 2 back in 2013, the team behind the game put their heart and soul behind this project and it shows. With multiplayer, near endless customization, a humongous living world, and full mod support Dead Matter is quickly becoming the zombie survival experience everyone has been waiting for.

Kickstarter & A Dream

Quantum Integrity boasts on their Kickstarter page that Dead Matter is "true sandbox survival horror." Players will get to fight through the zombie apocalypse however they see fit. That can include setting up a home base and defending it with their expansive crafting or barricading system all while cultivating the land or wandering the wasteland scavenging whatever tools, vehicles, weapons, and the food they can find. Set in the province of Alberta, Canada players will be able to experience the game alone or with friends as the developer intends to support both play styles equally.

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Freedom of expression is an important design choice for Quantum Integrity. Customization features have been at the core of Dead Matter since the games original inception. It starts with the character design where hair, head, and body can all be changed to whatever the player desires. When actually playing the game, customization extends to nearly every facet of the experience including weapons, vehicles, and buildings. Want to wrap a baseball bat in barbed wire? Go right ahead.  Strapping C4 onto a programmable alarm clock? Perfectly fine! Turn the family van into a zombie survivalist's dream ride? Strap some defenses and gun racks on that bad boy and call it a day.

Alberta, Canada: Zombie Paradise 

In order to help nurture the ideas of their player base, the developer built a stunning recreation of Alberta that contains the lush wilderness of the Rockies and extends to the once bustling city of Calgary. Designed to simulate true survival any simple trip for supplies could turn into a battle against soldiers, raiders, or a family just doing what they have to in order to survive. The world was also fully designed in order to support the player's settlements. Every building in the game is made to be barricaded, upgraded, and fitted with electricity and running water. All of the land can be farmed and the lakes can be fished. Live in the shadows of the city and survive in the wild or work together with the community to retake the city of Calgary by taking control of dams, transformers, and bridges.

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Finally, to assert their connection with the fan base and support where the game got its start, Quantum Integrity comes packed with full mod support. All of the procedural generation tools are being put into the players' hands as well as C++ and Blueprint access. Any user can host their own server complete with all of their own settings and mods completely free of charge. The team over at Quantum Integrity are modders at their core and it shows through their devotion to the modding community.

Dead Matter looks like an amazing survival experience that we just couldn't wait to back on Kickstarter. If this game sounds appealing to you, don't forget to show the team some support by throwing them some money or showing them love on social media. We can't wait to get our hands on this gem so be sure to keep checking back for more information as the game continues through its development process!

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