How Much Would You Pay to Play Shenmue 3?
Posted by Sammy Barker
Yu Suzuki considers crowdfunding for long overdue sequel
When asked how we’d invest the winnings from a successful EuroMillions ticket, we often discuss our desire to fund the full production of Shenmue 3. It’ll never happen, of course, but reports coming out of the Monaco Anime and Game Show suggest that series creator Yu Suzuki is at least considering crowdfunding to finally get the sequel off the ground.
“Yu Suzuki says he’s thinking about a Kickstarter-like model to fund Shenmue 3,” said a French journalist in attendance at the show. “[He] would also like to continue the story of Shenmue in anime or manga form.”
It would be fascinating to see if the sequel could raise enough money on a website like Kickstarter to fund its full production. The original game cost an incredible $47 million to make (slightly less than original rumours suggested), and was a commercial disaster. The most successful Kickstarter campaign to date, the Pebble E-Paper Watch, pulled in just over $10 million, so Yu Suzuki would have to smash plenty of records to get the project funded.
Still, if the sequel ever did hit a crowdfunding site, we’d be right there with a fistful of dollar bills. To raise more money, we’d even consider selling those precious Phoenix and Dragon mirrors stashed away in our basement – it’s not like they’re doing anything anyway. How much would you realistically plump up for Shenmue 3? Let us know in the comments section below.