Ys Internet’s highly-anticipated Shenmue III acquired a lukewarm reception each critically and commercially in a number of areas. What’s notably worrisome is the sport’s lackluster launch efficiency in its dwelling market of Japan, the place it offered lower than 18,000 copies on the PlayStation four within the week ending November 24th.
For comparability functions, Japanese releases like Nintendo-exclusive Astral Chain and Bandai Namco’s Code Vein offered 32,236 copies and 60,843 copies, respectively, throughout their launch weeks.
Within the UK, Shenmue III did not make the highest ten, debuting at quantity 17, and the sport was nowhere to be discovered within the EMEAA (Europe, Center East, Africa, and Asia) charts.
Price noting that these figures don’t account for PC gross sales and over 70,000 Kickstarter backers. Nevertheless, Shenmue I and II remastered managed to promote twice as many items at launch in 2018.
Shenmue III acquired combined evaluations upon launch. In her evaluation, PlayStation LifeStyle’s Annette Polis famous that the sport’s janky dialogue and inconsistent English voice appearing together with its clunky fight and dated graphics took a toll on her total expertise.
That stated, there’s nonetheless hope for a fourth installment if Yu Suzuki’s earlier statements and Shenmue III‘s credit are something to go by. And whereas launch gross sales have been disappointing, we’ve simply entered the 2019 vacation season so the numbers may choose up.
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