Developer Ys Net has embarked on yet another crowdfunding campaign for RPG sequel Shenmue 3.
The game has already raised $6,333,295 Kickstarter, but the studio has opened what it calls a ‘Slacker Backer’ period designed to encourage those who didn’t pledge first time around to add their cash to the pile.
There are so many people told us they could not pledge on Kickstarter, or could not make the deadline, and have asked for a PayPal page for another opportunity to contribute to Shenmue III,” the studio said.
The Slacker Backer period will continue through December 31st. While the full game will be completed as promised with the use of the funding collected on Kickstarter, any additional funding collected here will go towards reaching the Stretch Goals to make the game even bigger and deeper.
The three month window was set to allow a long enough time to for everyone who wants to support Shenmue III to do so, but short enough to keep the release date on track. The PayPal page will feature a selection of rewards from the Kickstarter campaign including the Trial Version and the Collector’s Edition.”
Shemue 3’s Kickstarter total made it the highest ever funded video game and the third highest funded ‘games’ project behind card game Exploding Kitten ($8,782,571) and the Ouya Android console ($8,596,474). It also became the sixth highest Kickstarter total of all time.
Previous to that it became the fastest game to hit $1m on the service, taking only one hour and 42 minutes, and the fastest to hit $2m, which it achieved in just over nine hours.