Kickstarter’s “Shenmue III” Smashes Guinness World Record of Fastest Funded Video Game

Just three days after its widely popular Kickstarter campaign launch, critics of Shenmue III have announced that the video game is already making history by breaking records.

Shenmue 3 4According to Guinness World Records, Shenmue III only took  1 hour 42 minutes to reach $1 million goal on the crowdfunding giant’s platform. By doing this, the highly anticipated video game smashed the previous record of 6 hours 5 minutes set by Torment: Tides of Numenera in 2013. Notably, Shenmue III also becomes the second fastest Kickstarter project overall, sitting behind the Pebble Watch smartwatch, which took only 46 minutes to raise $1 million in February 2015.

Shenmue III is described as the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue II. The game’s story reads:

Shenmue 3 1“Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father’s killer. There he meets a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learns of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together. The story continues as Ryo and Shenhua start off on a new journey that will take them farther into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny.”

Creator of Shenmue III,  Yu Suzuki stated:

“Since the release of Shenmue II, now 14 years ago, I have been greeted by the passionate outpouring of dedicated fans and Shenmue community members wherever I go. They all want to know one thing: ‘When will Shenmue III be coming out?’ With the advent of games using Kickstarter during these past few years, the new and now frequent demand from the fans has been, ‘Do a Kickstarter for Shenmue III!’ If Shenmue III  was going to get made, I wanted to make it with the fans. Through Kickstarter, I knew that could happen. Together, with Shenmue fans everywhere, I knew we could build the game that the series deserves.”

Shenmue III’s  initial goal of $2 million was reached in  just 8 hours 38 minutes.

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