E3 2015: Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Launched at PlayStation Press Conference [UPDATE: It's On!]
It looks like Shenmue 3 is definitely going to happen. It took less than 20 hours for the project to reach it's $2 million funding goal.
Currently standing at $2.4 million, this could go on to break crowd funding records.
Legendary game producer and director Yu Suzuki took to the stage at the Sony E3 Press Conference to announce a Kickstarter that is likely to break records - Shenmue 3.
Speaking of the project, Suzuki-san said "Since the release of Shenmue 2, now 14 years ago, I have been greeted by the passionate outpouring of dedicated fans and Shenmue community members wherever I go. They all want to know one thing: "When will Shenmue 3 be coming out?" With the advent of games using Kickstarter during these past few years, the new and now frequent demand from the fans has been, “Do a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3!”"
He has decided to go ahead to make the game with the fans, only if they reach their target of $2 million. If they fail to reach that target, the game is not going to happen.
I don't think that there is any chance of it not reaching their goal. Fans of the original games have waited more than a decade for a sequel and within 24 hours has already reched $1.9 million. The kickstarter still has 30 days to run.
Shenmue 3 will have familiar elements from its predecessors and new fight mechanics to try and achieve a new level of interactive storytelling.
Shenmue 2 left off with the hero Ryo Hazuki reaching China in search of his father’s killer. There he met a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learned of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together. The new game will continue with Ryo and Shenhua as they start off on a new journey that will take them deeper into enemy territory, into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny.
Additional stretch goals are in place up to $4 million. We have a feeling that they may need to add goals beyond that figure.
When successful, Shenmue 3 will be deceloped for PlayStation 4 and PC.