Shenmue 3 Gets a Second Crowdfunding Campaign After Record-Breaking Kickstarter
Despite being the highest-funded video game in all of Kickstarter history, series creator Yu Suzuki will be taking Shenmue III through another crowdfunding campaign.
Just a few days ago, the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III ended, reeling in over $6.3 million, more than tripling the campaign's original goal of $2 million to get the game funded. Now, Suzuki and Ys Net want to start a second crowdfunding campaign. The studio will be accepting Paypal donations to help further the game's funding. The original Kickstarter campaign had goals going all the way up to $11 million.
Here's what Team Yu had to say about Paypal donations:
The Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III came to a close yesterday with a record total of $6,333,295 pledged by 69,320 backers. Thank you and congratulations to all who participated in that month-long fundraising frenzy.
Immediately following the deadline, Yu Suzuki announced live on Twitch that PayPal donations will be accepted to continue raising that budget through further crowdfunding.
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Also during the live stream, Suzuki confirmed that the game will be open world, and he will do everything he can to make it the best game possible for the fans. That scope will now continue to expand through PayPal donations.
We will have news shortly on the future direction of the #SaveShenmue campaign, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, we think everyone's earned a little breather!
Unfortunately, no kinds of stretch goals or donation rewards were revealed during Team Yu's announcement. Similar to Mighty No. 9 launching a secondary crowdfunding campaign after a tremendously successful Kickstarter, this leaves us wondering just what else they could get atop an already staggering level of funding. We've also got big question's revolving Sega's involvement in Shenmue III's development. While Sega allowed Shenmue III to happen and might be publishing it, are they funding its development alongside what the fans raised? I'd like to know what Sega and Sony are exactly contributing to Shenmue III's development for the sake of comparison. Call me skeptical, but I just want to make sure that Sega doesn't have its hand in the cookie jar.
Shenmue III is expected to launch in Dec. 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PC.
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