There's been a bit of a backlash surrounding Shenmue III since its announcement last week, which has been a bit disappointing to see. Ever wondered why we can't have nice things? Well, it's because there'll always be some spiteful people out there looking to scupper them – and Yu Suzuki's crowd funding campaign has been the target of clueless sceptics for some time.
We know that Sony is contributing funding to the project, leading many to assume that the Kickstarter is being used merely to gauge interest – but this isn't the case. Writing in a backer update, Suzuki explained that both the Japanese giant and Shibuya Productions will be contributing to the project – but the end product will still be determined by the success of the sequel's ongoing funding drive.
"I can say that with [the abovementioned organisations'] assistance on the production and marketing end, and, in Sony's case, with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money that we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue III's development," the legendary developer said. "It is also important to note that your funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue III – Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your dollars."
Suzuki continued that while the story will continue without compromise for $2 million, more money is required if the release is to reach its full potential. "At the $5 million mark, there will be an all-new gameplay feature I would be excited to be able to add to the Shenmue legacy," he said. "If we should make the $10 million Stretch Goal, a much larger, completely open world will be yours to explore."
The title's slowed a lot over the past few days, so $10 million seems impossible at this point. Fortunately, it should cross the $5 million mark pretty comfortably, and it could go significantly higher than that if the people running the campaign stop resting on their laurels and start releasing more information, Stretch Goals, and rewards tiers.