Sony announced a Kickstarter campaign for the long-overdue Shenmue 3 during its E3 press conference last night, and after 9 hours, the campaign has met its funding goal of $2 million.
As of this writing, the campaign has close to 30,000 backers that have pledged $2.3 million towards the project, and those numbers continue to steadily rise. There are stretch goals that will add cinema shorts of Shenmue 1 & 2 at $2.5 million, subtitles for Dutch, French, Spanish, and Italian-speaking players, a Rapport System at $3.2 million, a Skill Tree System at $3.5 million, and if the project reaches $4 million, Baisha Village will be expanded along with the inclusion of five mini games. Seeing as the project continues to earn funds with 31 days to go, we wouldn't be surprised if all of these stretch goals are met.
During last night’s presentation, series director and producer Yu Suzuki took the stage to show a brief demo of Shenmue 3 and to announce its Kickstarter campaign. The title will be a true sequel to the classic open-world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue 2, and will be created for the PlayStation 4 and PC.