Mr. Yu Suzuki held a Twitch broadcast on Friday 6/26 to answer some of fans questions of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. However, the Twitch stream was badly managed and had a number of issues ranging from audio problems to simply looking rushed. Personally, the number of questions discussed that had already been answered in the Reddit AMA and Kickstarter FAQ was infuriating.
Credit: ElTorro on NeoGAF
This led fans to start talking more about Awesome Japan – the group managing the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. They looked unprofessional on-screen and there was particular guy on the right there who seemed off. You can read the responses to the Twitch thread on NeoGAF and Shenmue Dojo.
Watch and cringe for yourself:
Taking a look closer at Awesome Japan
A recent podcast called Best Video Game Podcast analyzed the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter before the Twitch stream went live and actually discussed the overall lack of experience that Awesome Japan has with Kickstarters and why that is a problem for a game like Shenmue 3.
The company has only been managing Kickstarter campaigns since 2014 and here are some other facts pulled from the podcast:
- Awesome Japan has helped 13 Kickstarters prior to this (in a span of 11 months), only 7 were successful
- Only 1 video game Kickstarter is in Awesome Japan’s portfolio called Soul Knights (ex Nippon Ichi staff), barely met the goal of $60k with only 246 backers
- Only 1550 backers and $170k for all of Awesome Japan’s campaigns combined so far
- Awesome Japan had no native English speaker before this Kickstarter apparently. All of their previous campaigns had significant spelling and translation mistakes (If you watched the stream last night it was obvious the translator was having difficulties).
On the bright side, the Kickstarter seemed to temporarily benefit from the announcement of new stretch goals during the Twitch stream and doubled its daily funding. The actual number of backers is moving slowly so who knows how long this will be able to continue.
Personally, I would rather see Yu Suzuki play Shenmue on Twitch to drum up support. Or really anything besides what I saw last night.
There have been many questions concerning Shenmue 3’s budget and what outside sources will be added to the money collected through Kickstarter. I apologize for not having been more forthright in this area and would like to take this opportunity to help clarify the situation.
Ys Net and I have been putting in many long years trying to find a way to bring back a sequel that so many fans have waited so long for. After learning of Kickstarter, I knew it would be possible to get Shenmue 3 started. Wanting to make the best game possible, I also knew that I would have to look to more traditional means to obtain all the funds that would be needed to create the game I had envisioned.
Sony and Shibuya Productions have been wonderful partners because they believe in Shenmue and want to see the best for the fans and the game. Their investment in (and support of) Shenmue have helped to realize a sequel that will stand proud with its predecessors. While it is not business practice to discuss the specific details of such arrangements, I can say that with their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development. It is also important to note that your funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3 – Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars.
The outpouring of support from all of you, the backers, has been so inspirational. I cannot thank you enough. Having reached our funding goal, I am excited to say that the Shenmue story will go on, and our journey with Ryo and Shenhua will continue. Fans will be able to enjoy the sequel they have waited so long for, and newcomers to the series will be introduced to a unique gaming experience.
Of course, like with any Kickstarter, additional funding will only help us make a better game. On top of everything Shenmue 3 will already bring, the Stretch Goals that I have laid out will add extra quests, events, and new gameplay systems that will make the game even more immersive and take the series to the next level. At the $5 million mark, there will be an all new gameplay feature I would be excited to be able to add to the Shenmue legacy. If we should make the $10 million Stretch Goal, a much larger, completely open world will be yours to explore.
Even if these Stretch Goals are not reached, Shenmue 3 will already be a sequel true to its name, and one we can all be proud of. It is my hope though, that together we can make this Shenmue just as revolutionary as the first two were.
I understand this statement may by late in coming. Going forward, we wish to be as open as possible concerning the game’s development. I would like to again ask for your cooperation and support in helping make Shenmue 3 the best that it can be.
Sincerely, Yu Suzuki
PC Gamer: Why I’m excited about Shenmue 3
Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Update #11: Portuguese language stretch goal & Masaya Matsukaze
Shenmue 3 Official Twitter announced.
Great video that discusses some of the controversy around the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter and that still stressed that you should back the Kickstarter.
A fan-made Kickstarter Trailer video for Shenmue 3.
Finally, don’t forget to back Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter.
So…what’s new with the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter?
Many articles were released today expanding on articles made last week (or corrections as I like to call them) and there was also quite a bit of new threads on the interwebs as well as videos uploaded. The Kickstarter has slowed down and is hanging at around $3.5 million dollars, although many people say this is normal for a Kickstarter after the first few days – there is no way to know for sure how much damage the negative publicity did for the campaign, all we can do is look forward.
A bunch of media outlets started reporting today that an XBOX One version of Shenmue may be in reach, although the possibility has been stated on the Kickstarter FAQ for some time and the media was probably too busy falsely discussing how Sony was slathering the Shenmue Kickstarter with tons of cash and telling people to quit the Kickstarter to notice.
The Shenmue original voice actors have come out in support of the Kickstarter – who knows how this may help the campaign, but it is certainly a great thing and shows the strong presence of Shenmue’s fan community.
4Gamer published an interview with Yu Suzuki that has been translated on Shenmue Dojo. It focuses on the Character Perspective System and new stretch goals.
Here is what I have found interesting in the new selection of articles:
Jim Sterling released a video about Shenmue 3 – The Good, The Bad, and the Iffy. He is fairly neutral and does not resort to bashing the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, though clearly like most people he is getting a little annoyed at the confusing Kickstarter campaign and like many he is worried about the effect the Kickstarter may have on the game industry overall which is echoed in most online outlets, although that is of course unavoidable. Best summarized by “What the fuck”.
Here are some Twitch users who have been streaming Shenmue in support of the Kickstarter – subscribe to their channels to get updates when they stream:
If you missed the Yu Suzuki Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit you can read it all on Sega Nerds.
Check out this video for music from the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter:
For the latest from the Shenmue Fans join the Shenmue 500K group on Facebook.
Finally don’t forget to back Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter!