Despite reports that Shenmue III would come to the Xbox One, publisher Deep Silver announced that such reports were false. Initially, users on ResetEra noticed references on Deep Silver's website for Shenmue III to the Xbox One. The HTML suggested that hidden platforms and a collector's edition existed for the Xbox One. Additionally, references to Steam were also noted, and with E3 beginning this weekend, users speculated that pre-orders might open up during the show, ahead of the November 19th release date.
Unfortunately, Deep Silver thoroughly quashed these rumors via a statement on Twitter:
The rumor-busting by Deep Silver is certainly unfortunate, particularly for Xbox owners who hoped to get their hands on Shenmue III. What's interesting is that Shenmue I & II, modern releases of the legendary life-simulation adventure games, were made available on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. It then follows that Deep Silver and developers YS Net and Neilo would naturally extend the series to owners of Microsoft's console. Considering Shenmue III picks up right where II left off, though this time moving locations from Yokosuka, Japan, to the mountains of China, it makes sense to pitch the sequel to as many owners as possible. Particularly when the original reveal trailer relied on completing an unfinished story, this decision seems odd, at best. That said, it may be a reflection of the fact that Shenmue I & II are still published by Sega, while Deep Silver and YS Net are handling Shenmue III and that there was likely a deal with Sony given its E3 announcement back in 2015 on Sony's E3 stage.
Shenmue III is slated to appear at E3, albeit behind closed doors. There's a good chance that we'll see more footage as E3 wraps up or in the weeks ahead. Other users on ResetEra noticed that a kiosk in Wal-Mart has some new footage, though, with the old release date of August 27th rather than in November. Considering anticipation runs high for the next installment in the Shenmue saga, there's hope that it might make its way to the Xbox One yet, but at least for now, such owners will have to wait.