'Shenmue III' will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.

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The follow-up to the 1999 action-adventure game 'Shenmue' and its 2001 sequel was due to be released on PS4 and PC on August 27, but it has been pushed back to November 19.

Now developer Ys Net has revealed that it will be made available on PC via the digital video games store as it's turned out to be the "most enjoyable experience on PC".

They said: "'Shenmue III' for PC will be will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Development for 'Shenmue III' has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent.

"But most importantly, in looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option."

The delay was down to the title needing "a little more refinement before being truly finished".

The game's director, Yu Suzuki recently explained on the game's Kickstarter page: "Hello Everyone,

Today, Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver would like to give a message concerning the release date.

Shenmue III will now release on 19th November 2019.

[before] August 27, 2019

[new] November 19, 2019

Whilst almost ready, the game simply needs a little more refinement before being truly finished.

We feel that the extra time we have will help us deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve!

We thank you for your patience and understanding,

Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver (sic)"

The third instalment is going to b "very varied, richer, and more playable".

Gamers can still expect Chinese martial arts fighting, but the protagonist, Ryo Hazuki, isn't the only one involved.

As well as the main gameplay, there will also be mini games in the form of fan-favourites, Lucky Hit, forklift truck racing, Excite QTE, and toy capsules.

Suzuki romised that the mini games will run much better and will have more of an influence on the main game.

'Shenmue' had the distinction of being the most expensive video game ever created.

Its sequel was released for the Dreamcast in Europe and Japan in 2001, but was ported to the original Xbox the following year.

Both games put players in the role of Ryo Hazuki, a young martial artist on a quest to avenge his father's death and ultimately uncover the secret behind a mysterious relic known as the Dragon Mirror.

The titles are renowned for their impressive open world, deep battle system.

'Shenmue III' became Kickstarter's most-funded video game ever, raising $7.1 million.