Shenmue 3 needs over $6.5 million in support to be ‘truly open’ experience
If fans want Shenmue 3 to be a truly expansive experience, they’re going to have to pony up.
During a recent Reddit AMA, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki said that in order to truly create an “open world” developer Ys Net will need to hit the $10 million funding mark.
“I will say this: if we reach the $5 mil mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality.” Suzuki said, “At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.”
While the game’s Kickstarter has set records since being announced during last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015, raking in over 3.5 million since being unveiled by Suzuki at Sony’s press conference, contributions have slowed significantly. Last week it was revealed that Sony is in fact working alongside the developer, though they have been tight lipped regarding the amount of financial support the hardware manufacturer is willing to commit to the project.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida shed a bit of light on the company’s relationship with the project saying, “There’s a variety of ways of support, including financial support. When the game’s not being funded at that point, the developer has to come up with some funding themselves, for third party relations team to help – because third party relations is third party relations – if we fund the project then it’s first party!”
The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter has set the gaming world afire since it launched, garnering a staggering 2 million dollars in its first nine hours. It’s plain to see the fans are committed to putting their money where their mouths are. Let’s hope that’s enough to make Shenmue 3 the worthy conclusion fans have been waiting nearly 15 years for.