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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.


User Comments (16)



CrazyOtto said:

Nice! I though Shenmue was going to become Sega's Earthbound for a while.



turtlelink said:

Imagine Shenmue 3 being a PS4 exclusive.

Never played the series though. Yakuza was based in it though, right?



Autobot-69 said:

I absolutely loved Shenmue on Dreamcast. Unfortunately, my friend touched the lens and my Dreamcast was kaput before I could finish the game. I hope one day they release the first 2 for playstation as a download if not on a disc.



hYdeks said:

I loved Shenmue 2 on the xbox, was a great game, especially for the time. They should re-release Shenmue 1 & 2 in a compilation, than release 3. I would donate to see this game happen



Squiggle55 said:

I wish every studio would do this instead of confidently acting like there isn't a big enough demand for a game. At least give fans the real chance to prove you wrong. I think Nintendo is a huge culprit of this. Watch what happens if they put a new Earthbound on Kickstarter.



ThreadShadow said:

Wrong site I know, but with Nintendo backing all sorts of strange games these days, why can't they back this for Wii U?

Sure would like Ryo to control with full analog rather then the stiff RE type of controls though.

I had a great idea for Shenmue 3 once. I'll see if I can find it and post it.

48 minutes later... Found it!
"What if Yu Suzuki made Shenmue 3 and it was a FPS? With a zombie mode? And jet fighters? And zombie jet fighters? And a final FPS karate battle with Lan Di on the moon, and then Lan Di became the moon, and his name became Moon Di, and Ryo had to karate him too? Then Ryo fell back to earth during an extreme airboarding stunt segment, landed in Canada, married Nozomi, and became Prime Minister of Canada? What would you think of that? Would Yu Suzuki have made the right development choices?"



FullbringIchigo said:

i thought Microsoft brought the publication rights to Shenmue if so how would us PlayStation gamers play the third if it was ever made?



Valky said:

I would absolutely support it, Shenmue was and still is a great experience, it is some kind of life simulator with a deep background story and a gameplay similar to GTA, if not even better. Too bad it was for Dreamcast only and later for the Xbox.



Svengoolie said:

Oh my fricking God... I would pay $1000 for this. I have been waiting for this my entire adult life. Please say this is true.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Having never had opportunity to play the first two, I couldn't possibly care less. Re-release those on PSN, and THEN we might talk...



OorWullie said:

One of only a handful of games I've played that have truly blown me away and I've been gaming since the 2600.I would bet that the majority of those who played the groundbreaking original at its time of release would agree with me that its 1 of their most memorable moments in gaming.I've never had the chance to go back and play them again since the Dreamcast days though and I'm sure they haven't aged too well.I just worry that with the scale and cost of modern sandbox games like GTA to fully realize Yu Suzuki's original vision and give Shenmue the closure it deserves it would need a big publisher and huge team to get behind it and Sega certainly wont be the 1's.



Jaz007 said:

I plan on getting Shenmue 2 for my original xbox after I finish my long backlog I have. But back on subject. I doubt I would do a kickstarter and unless they want to give me a copy for my contributions I wouldn't be paying more than $5, and even that would be unlikely.

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