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!
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!
Hope this helps!
E3 2015 came and left us with a bunch of surprises including the announcement by Yu Suzuki of a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. The online message boards and struggling remains of the video game/mainstream media were quick to yell foul at Sony for not funding the game completely outright instead of hosting a fan-backed Kickstarter (which funded in under 24 hours) and announcing support later.
However, consider this:
- Sony has not been announced as an exclusive backer of Shenmue 3 and also has not acquired the IP to Shenmue which Sega still owns. Is it really fair to claim Sony should fund an entire Shenmue 3 game just because they have the money to do so, especially when they do not even hold the rights to the IP?
- Wouldn’t you agree that Sony would be a little skeptical of investing into a game that is over 14 years old without some sense of support remaining from the fan base (which has spent 14 years bitterly awaiting a continuation of Shenmue)?
- Neither Shenmue I nor Shenmue II beat Sega’s estimations to be considered commercial successes for the company in their own right – especially considering their production costs. Sony says that basically every production studio had declined to back Shenmue 3 on it’s own. Backing support from Sony should be a blessing, not a curse.
- Sony says there were 2 routes for Shenmue 3 that Suzuki could take – have the game made with Sony and go through a regular production process or kickstart the game and make it with the fans. Suzuki chose to use Kickstarter and make the game with the fans because it would allow him to include fan’s input in the game and make it a true ending they would be happy with and maintain full control of the game. The Kickstarter route is allowing fans to have a say in the game that will finally answer some burning questions and even some of the rewards have been changed according to fans petitioning.
- Yu Suzuki claimed recently in Famitsu magazine that the $2 million funding was essential for Shenmue 3 to exist at all. It seems that the game media may be overplaying Sony’s hand in Shenmue 3’s development and taking advantage of the fact that Suzuki has contracts that are not allowing him to be forthright about funding details.
- Backing the Kickstarter gets you the game for $29 – which is pretty affordable for a video game nowadays. It is really no difference from making a pre-order at Gamestop – which gamers do all the time. However, this pre-order comes with lots of more perks.
Shenmue 3 has been anticipated by fans for a long time and for some time there it seemed like they were going to lose their chance to ever receive an end to the series. The stalling of Shenmue 3 has been an unfortunate casualty of Sega’s exit from the hardware gaming business and falling overall sales. It would be stupid to shoot it down now because the game finally received some outside support.
Everyone who calls themselves a real gamer owes it to support these dedicated fans who have spent years non-stop tweeting, writing, petitioning, and promoting Shenmue. You don’t have to donate money, but don’t stand in the way of something people have waited over a decade for.
In addition, Yu Suzuki has been a great contribution to the video game industry since the arcade days and everyone also owes it to him to help get him get back on his feet and back into making games we love that move the industry forward.
For the record it would be better if supposedly unbiased and cynical journalists used facts instead of simply stating Sony has a ton of money and is pumping Shenmue 3 with cash when no actual proof of how much money is being supplied has been provided. Ironically, it is the same media that created hundreds of click bait articles for years that Shenmue 3 was being developed that is now creating a backlash against it. Enough said about that.
Something a little less serious 😀
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