Sony have been dropping so many bombs at tonight’s E3 conference that they might have to register as a PMC, but one of the biggest is easily this: Shenmue 3 is on Kickstarter.

Shenmue 3, the sequel that nobody ever thought would be made, is seeking $2 million USD on Kickstarter. If reached, we’ll get the game on both PlayStation 4 and PC. It’s being built in the Unreal 4 engine, and $29 will net you a digital copy of the game.

According to Yu Suzuki – who’s returning as director and producer – people have been stopped asking him when Shenmue 3 is going to be made, and have instead started asking why the hell it isn’t on Kickstarter. Tonight, he’s answered that call by putting it on Kickstarter.

Shenmue is a series that got its start on the Dreamcast. Players took the role of Ryo Hazuki, a young man searching for his father’s killer, in a gargantuan open-world adventure. It’s one of the games that has the dubious claim of inventing quick-time events, yes, but it’s also a game that had you wandering a large world, taking on side-quests, playing mini-games, getting into fights, and buying capsule toys. And also going around bars and asking for sailors. And driving a forklift truck. Unlike most open-world games, time of day mattered, time passing mattered, and you actually needed to do things like sleep; it was a world you inhabited rather than just aimlessly wandered like a quest-solving ghost.

Also, much as this is the third part in a lengthy trilogy, the Kickstarter claims that it’ll still manage to draw in newcomers.

$2 million will get the game made, although obviously, there are stretch goals. $2.5 million will add in Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 cinema shorts, while $2.6 million to $2.9 million will add subtitles for German, French, Spanish, and Italian. $3.2 million adds a rapport system, $3.5 million adds a skill tree system, and $4 million expands Baisha Village and chucks in five minigames.

On the one hand, this is a seriously hefty financial request – $2 million is not a small amount of money for a Kickstarter. I mean, Bloodstained is an absolute outlier as the highest-funded game on the service, and that managed about $4 million. On the other hand, it’s one of the most demanded games of all time, and it’s already sat on $250,000 with 2000 backers after about ten minutes (although that keeps going up and down, so who knows what it’s really on). Hell, it’s broken Kickstarter three times since I started writing this story.

Go and have a look at the Kickstarter over here.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

Street Fighter V trailer confirms Cammy and Birdie

Previous article

Star Wars: Battlefront Survival Mode co-op E3 gameplay trailer

Next article

You may also like

More in News