Some stories are best left unfinished, but we’ve been waiting almost 13 years to find out what happened in that cave at the end of Shenmue II. Only one man knows the answer to that question, and it’s creator Yu Suzuki, who’s been lobbying for the sequel to get funded for over a decade now. Fortunately, the former SEGA man is well aware of Kickstarter.
Speaking during a panel at the Game Developers Conference overnight, the legendary developer reiterated that he’d like to make Shenmue III given the “right opportunity”. And in an interview with Eurogamer.net, he stressed that he is researching crowdfunding. This is the same stance that he adopted in a French interview last year, so it doesn’t seem like much has changed.
Perhaps the luminary is conscious of how much cash he’d have to raise in order to make the oft-requested sequel a reality. The Veronica Mars Movie, a cinematic adaptation of the Kristen Bell television series, is one of the more recent high-profile Kickstarter success stories, and only managed to accumulate $5.7 million. The original Shenmue famously cost $70 million to produce.
Sadly, Suzuki wouldn’t say how much money he’d need to raise to make the title happen. He also wouldn’t reveal what he’s currently working on, but did stress that he’s keeping busy. We must say, the only thing that’s keeping us occupied right now is knowing that Lan Di is still walking free. We must have our revenge.
How much money can I get for my Soul?
At this point, I'd be happy with a PS4 and Vita port of Shenmue and Shenmue II. Can't believe it hasn't happened yet.
@get2sammyb its pretty much a disgrace that it hasn't been ported to either, it would easily sell millions and prove that shenmue III is wanted and needed
every six months or so we get news like this , but has the opportunity gone for chapter 3 ? 12+ years is a long time ,there must a whole generation that are unaware of shenmue and would probably prefer to shout obscenities at each other through their headsets whilst playing CoD on xbox .
now i feel even more old
@eliotgballade it still stands up as a great game even today, it might start looking a little dated with PS4 now in flow
@SimonAdebisi : agreed , one of my all time favourites . interestingly, i wonder if the difference between dreamcast version compared with the saturn version would be as stark as the difference between the dreamcast version when compared to a pS4 version (...but i digress)
@eliotgballade the jump up to Dreamcast was mammoth, from what I've seen of the Saturn tidbits it was pretty blocky. It all depends on how much time they spend sprucing it up. Sega are missing out on a cash cow because a straight forward port would still sell. I can't see anyone spending much money on a port just because execs must think the franchise has bad juju.
Loved both games, but it has been so long since I completed them, that I hardly remember the ending of the games. God I miss my Dreamcast!.
@mr-blobby endings consist of seeya I'm off to Hong Kong to smack up lan di and then in II he finds a 'magic' sword in a cave. I'm hoping in III he appears to give up and opens a ramen noodle bar.
Just bought another dreamcast recently so I will hopefully be playing through shenmue 1 and 2 soon. Really wish they made shenmue 3
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