Shenmue 3 Embargo Details

Shenmue 3 Embargo Details

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You won't have to wait much longer for Shenmue 3 reviews to start coming into OpenCritic, as we've got the details on when the Shenmue 3 embargo drops. Set your clocks to check out the game page tomorrow, November 19, for all of the latest reviews as they come in. Take a moment to predict the score you think the game will have here, as well!

Originally, the Shenmue 3 review embargo was announced as being two days after launch, November 21. Since then, Koch Media, the parent company of publisher Deep Silver, has clarified that the original embargo was an "error," though they did not specify whether it was an error in judgment or just a typo.

A late embargo may be taken as a sign of caution for would-be buyers, as historically it's sometimes meant a bad game is hiding its reviews til some early adopters have already bought it. Assassin's Creed Unity and Mafia 3 are two such examples of games that hid their bad reception til launch day. It's not always a bad sign though, as 2016's DOOM also held back reviews til launch day and ended up being one of the best games that year.

If you're curious about what sites have said about Shenmue 3 so far, check out some previews below:

GamesRadar said it "plays like it should've released in 2002, and that's absolutely a good thing."

ScreenRant concurred, saying it "should've released 15 years ago."

Metro, meanwhile, had a more middling impression, saying its dated animations and voice work feel "at once safe and familiar – as well as unintentionally hilarious."

Shenmue 3 will be released on November 19 for PC and PS4. Currently, users are predicting that the score for Shenmue 3 will land around a 75, which on OpenCritic's review scale makes it Strong! Get your prediction in before the Shenmue 3 embargo drops!

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