The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter received some juice today when fans supported the game with the $30 on the 3rd promotion as fans raced to use #SaveShenmue to help promote the game.
Mr. Yu Suzuki joins the fun for #YouAskYu.
The much awaited PS4 Physical copy was released as a reward today for $60 perhaps helping to boost the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter to generate over $330,000 today with two hours remaining Eastern. Awesome Japan also apologized for the Twitch stream last week and promised to work harder on the campaign which was a welcome apology.
A number of other rewards were also added today including Lucky Hit boards and NPC inclusion.
Shenmue Dojo is streaming live on Twitch in honor of the event.
There have also been several interview video updates on the Kickstarter with the developers of the upcoming game.
SEGA Nerds is hosting an interview with Shenmue voice actors.
The days are winding down…make sure you back Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter!
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.