UPDATE: Shenmue 3 has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. It took less than 12 hours to hit its $2m goal. In the process it has set the record for both the fastest game to reach $1m and then $2m.
ORIGINAL STORY: Having been announced last night, Shenmue 3 is already close to being fully funded.
The game, which made its debut at Sony's E3 press conference, is looking for $2m from backers. At the time of writing it stands at just under $1.8m $600k of that has been pledged in the last two hours alone.
$2m may sound like a lot but in pales in comparison to the budgets of the original games. Plus, the stretch goals are quite modest – consisting mainly of additional language support, although some new in-game systems can be found higher up the ladder.
Shenmue 3 is the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue 2. Created for modern platforms (PC and PlayStation 4) and built in Unreal 4, Shenmue 3 will continue the legacy of Shenmue,” creator Yu Suzuki said.
If Shenmue 3 was going to get made, I wanted to make it with the fans. Through Kickstarter, I knew that could happen. Together, with Shenmue fans everywhere, I knew we could build the game that the series deserves.
If we do not reach our funding goal, Shenmue 3 will not go forward. We are balancing our ambitions for a grand sequel with the pragmatic realities of developing a game of this scale. It will not be easy, but I have dreamed of making this sequel for 14 years – it is time to bring Shenmue back!
The real challenge now is to deliver a sequel that we will all be satisfied with after 14 years of waiting. After much research and planning, we set the funding goal at this level believing it will make possible a fulfilling Shenmue experience.
We will do our absolute best to deliver Shenmue 3 and the rewards by their respective deadlines. However, there is always the possibility that problems may arise which could affect reward delivery. There may end up being changes in game or reward designs. We may press right when we are supposed to press left and get hilariously head butted and kneed in the groin.
In these situations, the whole Shenmue 3 team promises to keep you updated and informed on the game development and reward delivery progress. We are all very excited, ambitious, and optimistic that we have prepared well, and are ready for the challenges that are ahead of us.”