Continuing to be a huge success on Kickstarter, Shenmue III has secured over $3.3 million from nearly 43,000 backers in just five days. The game is described as the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue II
Not only has Shenmue III continued to be a huge hit with the crowd, it was revealed that the video game has attracted big name companies in the gaming industry. During the E3 press conference, SCE Third Party Production’s Gio Corsi reportedly stated that Sony, as well as a few other brands, have been involved with the project:
“First off, Shenmue III was the number one ask on the whole #BuildingTheList campaign, so when the that first started, right off the bat, ‘Shenmue III, Shenmue III, Shenmue III.’ So this has been an ask for as long as I’ve been at PlayStation. And we met with Suzuki-san at GDC last year and we started the long road to try and figure out how we were going to get this whole thing made.
“We said, ‘the only way this is going to happen is if fans speak up,’ and we thought Kickstarter was the perfect place to do this. So we set a goal for $2 million and if the fans come in and back it, then absolutely, we’re going to make this a reality. So, Sony and PlayStation are definitely a partner in this game, and it’s going to be run through Third Party Productions with Ys Net. We’re going to get the game done. We’re going to be partners the whole way, and we’re really excited to see this thing come out in a couple of years.”
Offing up some details about Sony’s involvement, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Engadget:
“It’s a very exciting project and there are lots of PlayStation fans asking for it. But it’s a Sega IP and of course Suzuki Yu-san is the creator. So somehow Suzuki-san was able to work out with Sega to allow them to Kickstart the project. And because we liked the project, our third-party relations team struck a deal to help Kickstart the campaign at the E3 conference. That’s great PR.”
It has yet to be confirmed exactly how much Sony has contributed.
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