Forget about the day that the snow turned to rain – something even stranger is happening: Shenmue III is getting made for the PlayStation 4. It's been a whirlwind since the title was announced during Sony's press conference at E3 2015, but the crowd funding is now over – and a whopping $6,333,295 million have been raised. That means that the sequel now holds records for being both the highest funded and fastest funded video game in Kickstarter history.
While the title ultimately missed out on many of its more ambitious Stretch Goals, series creator Yu Suzuki has said that he'll do the franchise justice with whatever funds are accrued. We already know that Sony's contributing to the project, alongside various other investors, so we have confidence that the final product is going to deliver. The fact that developer Ys Net is focusing on just two formats for now should benefit it in the long run, too.
The success of the Kickstarter will be seen as redemption for many Shenmue fans. The series has been on hiatus for an agonising 14 years, with the cliff-hanger at the end of Shenmue II left unresolved for the duration of that time. It'll be interesting to see whether SEGA – who has no doubt been keeping a very close eye on this campaign – will be tempted to port the original titles to the PS4 following the success of the crowd funding drive. It seems likely to us.
Of course, while this is a moment for celebration, it's now time for the hard work to begin. Ys Net has attached a tentative release date of December 2017 to Shenmue III, and there's plenty to be done in the two-and-a-half years ahead. Early footage and artwork from the sequel has looked rough, so it's got a long way to go. Given the high-profile status of this property, however, it's going to be fascinating to watch it develop over the coming years. We'll, of course, be tracking it every step of the way.
Update (03:30AM BST): The Kickstarter may have concluded, but Yu Suzuki confirmed on a livestream this evening that PayPal funding options will be made available beyond this initial funding drive. As such, if you didn't get chance to pledge while the campaign was running, you'll still have an opportunity to contribute to the title's development.
Good luck with that, this is Sega we are talking about. Long ago I had alot of respect for Sega and the great variety of games they released on their consoles. The last ten years or so though they have really went downhill fast. They have so many great IPs that they could utilize, but they sit on them for more sonic releases. What a waste.
That's a great 12 hours achievement for sure
Glad it become a new milestone for Kickstarter record
I hope they don't spend their allowance all at once. Ine-san might get angry!
Wonderful! It's finally happening! I love how this game got kickstarted; it just beautiful to see the gaming community coming together and all chip in so that Shenmue 3, a game that didn't stand a chance on its own, will finally be made! I just know this game will be great. Thanks all for contributing to this great cause.
@BLPs they confirmed long ago there were other investors and that Sony was helping publish the game. I'll be doing the same, unless a Shenmue I & II port is announced in the next 12 months I'll need to buy a Dreamcast again.
Still can't believe this is actually happening. Much like E3 week I suspect I'll now spend a few days shouting "Shenmue!" whilst wearing an idiotic grin on my face.
PlayStation fans have been very vocal about Shenmue for a long while now that not releasing the first 2 will seem a bit of an oversight. Heck Sega probably don't even need to develop or fund it, Gio Corsi's 3rd party production team was meant for projects like this.
Couldn't be happier to hear all this!
Since they made so much, I really hope they release a physical copy of the game in stores for ps4.
As for Sega, be smart and release Shenmue 1 and 2 on the psn, or in a hd collection for ps4, PLEASE!!
@BLPs I own all of those things, and having them is awesome. If you live in America, though, have a blank CD available so you can burn a region lock breaker for Shenmue 2.
@BLPs Sony is doing the advertising and advertising isnt cheap at least in the Netherlands.
It´s a pity they didnt have Paypal en the reactions on the emails where terrible so i did not contribute. I did a few other Kickstarters but they did respond and they did offer Paypal.
@Flaming_Kaiser they do have PayPal, its not set up yet but it'll be available at some point.
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