Fans will know that the Shenmue series doesn't do things by half. Yu Suzuki's seminal action adventure was once the most expensive game ever made – almost bankrupting publisher SEGA in the process – but now it has ten days remaining to become the biggest Kickstarter ever, too. With the Pebble Watch sitting at a cool $20 million, it seems unlikely that it'll reach the top – but the sequel's mere existence is proof enough that miracles can happen.
At the time of typing, the game's surpassed $4.4 million on the crowd funding site, and is going through a serious surge following the announcement of a Blu-ray release for the PlayStation 4. It'll need $5.5 million to topple Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and become the site's highest funded video game of all time – and we reckon that it'll comfortably surpass that. The creator has said that $10 million would be ideal, but if this can hit at least $6 million, we reckon that miserable protagonist Ryo Hazuki may even crack a smile.
[source kickstarter.com, via uk.ign.com]
This is on fire again... It's raised almost $600k in four days. I hope they have big plans for the ending - it's going to be insane!
I really hope this reached 10M. I'm not funding it, but I really want to try a full modern Shenmue after all I've heard about it.
I have never played a Shenmue game. I couldn't afford a Dreamcast back in the day.
Final days will be interesting. I myself haven't dipped until last day after all
It's doing pretty okay for the moment, I definitely think there's a possibility of a 2 mil jump in the last week too. Not sure if its worth sticking an xbone stretch goal, maybe if it reaches 6-8 its worth looking at.
Looking at the stretch goals they have some of the priorities wrong, hoping the next village gets expanded as well and obviously we need Portugese.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi There's no chance in hell of that, Sony have confirmed they are funding it
@PorllM Sony are helping with publishing/advertising, they're not producing the game, they don't own any of the game, xboxone is still a vague possibility
Xbone stretch goal would mean another surge in interest and funding. Xbox got II so why not III? Yu needs all the money he can get, but it may be too late for that.
@sinalefa I suggested it tentatively as I'm not sure it would make a huge difference, I'd be happy to be wrong.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi They aren't producing it but they have said they are funding development. 10 mil from the kickstarter wouldn't be anywhere near enough to make a AAA game. Xbox isn't going to happen unfortunately.
@PorllM it isn't going to be anything like a modern day AAA, its the size of Dobuita from Shenmue I, even at 10 mil it won't be a AAA, it'll be a watered down open world game something like the size of The Order 1886
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