We thought that the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign was being poorly managed at first, but developer Ys Net is getting cunning as the crowd funding drive marches confidently towards its conclusion. Two new tiers have been added to the title today, and one is aimed specifically at all those who upped their pledge to $60 following the confirmation of a physical PlayStation 4 release.
Those that stump up $80 for the S3 World Telecom tier will unlock an in-game international phone card item, which will allow you to call Nozomi, Guizhang Chen, Ine-san, Joy, Fuku-san, and several other characters from the first two Shenmue titles. Cross your fingers Tom Johnson is part of the roster, too – we need an urgent update on his hot dog stand.
The content will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers, so you may want to consider upping your pledge now if you want the additional conversations. And if you're feeling really flush, a new $800 option will allow you to get your name on the side of a temple. It'll be written in Chinese characters so will be hard to show to friends, but, hey – at least you'll know that you're being worshipped like a God.
I don't like it. Content should never be exclusive pre-release stuff like this.
@Jaz007 lol they're trying to fund the game, its not even pre re lease, its pre development.
Tom Johnson will have died long ago from heat exhaustion, dancing all day in the Summer at New Yokosuka Harbor. I'd like to call Megumi and see how that flea bag kitten is doing.
@Jaz007 its different, I'm considering upping my donation when I get the chance on Friday. Only to $29 but these milestones keep people putting in more money, if they didn't the funding starts to stagnate. With Shenmue its been a success, however I have backed unsuccessful kick-starters' in the past and they never get made. That's the problem.
@Jaz007 I think your point is generally fair, but the difference here is that they're trying to raise money to make the game in the first place. Imagine 10,000 people have backed the $60 tier but this convinces 5,000 of them to up their pledge to $80. That would add $100,000 to the production budget, which may be enough to hit another Stretch Goal and ultimately make a better game.
@themcnoisy stick in $300 like me, its a pretty decent reward for just £200. The extra $200 for the 3 extra capsule toys in the $500 reward is a bit daft IMO. If only I had the spare change to buy my way to be an NPC.
This sounds like one of those useless preorder bonuses retailers give for you to preorder. If it gives them more money, I guess it is ok.
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