In case you missed it, Shenmue 3 was announced at E3 last week, kind of. I mean, it was announced, but the game technically doesn’t exist in any way shape or form at the moment. It’s just a Kickstarter campaign for the game, and while it secured funding in under 12 hours, there seems to be a hell of a long way to go before the game is how the developer actually wants it to be.
You see, it looks like in order for Shenmue 3 to be the game developer Yu Suziki really wants, players will have to cough up a total of $10 million. A little higher than the $2 million that was originally set for the campaign.
Speaking to fans on a reddit AMA, creator Suzuiki said that the initial target of $2 million was just a starting point, adding “if we reach the $5 mil mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality,” he said. “At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.”
It might seem like a pretty ambitious goal, but as many have already pointed out, the original Shenmue title cost the team around $47 million to create. So $10 million in comparison is a pretty fair sum. Let’s also not forget that Sony is also offering a helping hand for the game.
Of course this has caused many to question how the game can be a true Shenmue sequel given the fairly modest budget. Speaking to Eurogamer Sony revealed that while they won’t be helping the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter directly, Sony’s Third Party Relations team may help Suzuki with “funding and other support.” No doubt asking for some sort of timed exclusivity in return.
As for what Shenmue 3 will consist of, Shenmue 3 takes a fairly scenic approach according to Suzuki on reddit. Instead of being based in Yokosuka and Hong Kong, players will be taken to a village in rural China.
“Choubu is a riverside village with lots of shops, souvenir stores, hotels and temples. The quests in this village should be very enjoyable, I think.” said Suzuki.
“Bailu is the village where Shenhua was raised and also a place that Ryo’s father, Iwao, had visited when he was younger. Here as well the quests will play an important role as Ryo and Shenhua start their journey,” he added.
The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter is still going strong at just over $3.5 million. Can it hit $10 million? Only three projects have broken past that milestone and two of them belong to Pebble, according to Kickstarter.