And… it’s officially over! Shenmue III’s Kickstarter has finally come to a close. As previously reported, the game’s creator, Yu Suzuki, debuted the project on the crowdfunding giant last month with a mission to raise $2 million for the production.
“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.”
Recalling what caused him to turn to Kickstarter for funding, 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 3 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.”
The game is set to come to both PC and PlayStation 4. Sony, where the original games were launched, is helping to market and produce Shenmue III, but will not be receiving any of the funds captured through the Kickstarter initiative.
Gamestop also reported that the release dates for Kickstarter games has turned out to be inaccurate. Keeping that in mind, Suzuki and his team at Ys Net are currently aiming for a December 2017 launch.
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