All you Shenmue fans might want to start considering the possibility that you won't get exactly what you want.

After the gaming world erupted during Sony's E3 press conference thanks to the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII Remake , Yu Suzuki wowed everyone again by revealing a Kickstarter campaign for the long-requested Shenmue 3 .

It went on to become the highest-funded video game project on Kickstarter, dragging in $6.3 million. However, that may not be anywhere near enough, as Suzuki has told Eurogamer that he "could use more money" and in fact, he doesn't yet have enough funds to deliver a visually stunning experience:

"I could do with a bit more money. The game itself doesn't have to be gorgeous visually – a lot of the money these days goes into the graphics. If we perhaps compromise on the graphics and put more into the story, we can make a good game. The most important thing, to me is that the game's interesting, and that it's something people want to play."

Developer Ys Net, founded by Suzuki in 2008, will get the assistance of Sony and Shibuya Productions but when you consider that previous entries in the series needed $70 million, and most AAA productions these days need between $50 and $100 million, you have to come to some conclusions. The bottom line is that a measly $6 million is nowhere near enough for any big-time video game these days and while Suzuki could get more, we should probably reconcile ourselves to a certain…inevitability.

Better cross your fingers.

Related Game(s): Shenmue 3

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Jawknee
Jawknee
6 years ago

It's gonna take 80 million. XD

Temjin001
Temjin001
6 years ago

I think it's most important that they focus on the story and the game play for this one.

I do think this is something of a backhanded deal though. The average Shenmue supporter put in something like $93. That's a lot. And it exceeded 3x the minimum amount to green light the project. AND it's the most successful Kickstarter in history.
The fans did more than their part and I think a part of that came in light of them believing the extra money would create something inline with the previous games.

I hope Sony steps up to the plate and supports Yu with more money because it nearly seems that the game was too ambitious for a charity effort to begin with. And it was Sony who brought him on stage to get this thing rolling in the first place.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/5/2015 10:50:36 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

Solution: Drop Shenmue HD Collection on PSN and collect money….

Dreamcasts with Shenmue are starting to pop up as wanted items! Sony should work with Sega to release the Dreamcast 2 😉

FM23
FM23
6 years ago

Haha so no company wants to back this game clearly.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
6 years ago

Now if they're able to create an amazing game with 6 to 10 million dollars then that will leave a lot of developers with mouths opened.

Shauneepeak
Shauneepeak
6 years ago

Now if freaking Sega would release the rights to the first two games and allow for an HD collection this project just might get enough interest to catch the eye of some big donators.

Temjin001
Temjin001
6 years ago

A big expensive open world game that's heavily story driven, martial-arts based, starring a do-good boy scout who can't commit crime won't rack in the sales in this day.

I think that's awesome but I doubt investors will.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/6/2015 8:21:35 AM

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
6 years ago

I'd be quite happy to take on a Shenmue 3 in the previous games engine, so graphically it looks like them, especially it makes the game full of content. I put $185 into the Kickstarter, so I do have expectations, but the game doesn't have to match the visual quality of current gen games. It's all about the story, the saga I want it to continue with dignity and experience the game we were interned too. I want the world to be full of life (128bit life if need be :P), people to talk to investigate, mini games to play and fun events to happen along the way. And a lead up to Lan Di.

ryu
ryu
6 years ago

i just hope he's got some mindblowing gameplay mechanics up his sleeves, coz a lot of stuff he invented way back when are so outdated and frowned upon by now.
story alone isn't gonna get the game far

Bio
Bio
6 years ago

Just let me finish the story. Let me kill Lan Di and avenge my father. All I want is some closure.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
6 years ago

Just use the Unreal Engine, doesn't cost much and looks great.
No one is asking for qualities like CryEngine, R.A.G.E. and Fox.

Jawknee
Jawknee
6 years ago

"and looks great"

Debatable.


Last edited by Jawknee on 10/6/2015 2:43:00 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

I don't think it'd work for this game very well.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
6 years ago

Yet he claims it would take 10 mil to make a TRUE open world game even though according to this article it takes 5 times that amount? Also who DIDNT expect a low budget game? I mean its KICKSTARTER of course its low budget lol.. Ive never heard of a AAA kickstarter

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
6 years ago

I'm glad I don't care about this game at all.
Last I heard, he said he could use more money…
Yeah, me too.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

I wouldn't have it any other way… Well I would, but if it looks the same as before that's just great too.

Kevin555
Kevin555
6 years ago

So SONY hype this up at E3 like it's a big deal only for the project to fail to reach enough interest to make a worthwhile third game.

If they're going to give us a half-arse attempt then don't bother. This series deserves better than that.

Like the FF7 remake which will either not happen or wont be as amazing as everyone wants it to be, i had a feeling this was too good to be true.

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
2 years ago

I&#39m glad I don&#39t care about this game at all.
Last I heard, he said he could use more money…
Yeah, me too.

Bio
Bio
2 years ago

Just let me finish the story. Let me kill Lan Di and avenge my father. All I want is some closure.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
2 years ago

I&#39d be quite happy to take on a Shenmue 3 in the previous games engine, so graphically it looks like them, especially it makes the game full of content. I put $185 into the Kickstarter, so I do have expectations, but the game doesn&#39t have to match the visual quality of current gen games. It&#39s all about the story, the saga I want it to continue with dignity and experience the game we were interned too. I want the world to be full of life (128bit life if need be :P), people to talk to investigate, mini games to play and fun events to happen along the way. And a lead up to Lan Di.

FM23
FM23
2 years ago

Haha so no company wants to back this game clearly.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
2 years ago

Solution: Drop Shenmue HD Collection on PSN and collect money….

Dreamcasts with Shenmue are starting to pop up as wanted items! Sony should work with Sega to release the Dreamcast 2 😉

Temjin001
Temjin001
2 years ago

A big expensive open world game that&#39s heavily story driven, martial-arts based, starring a do-good boy scout who can&#39t commit crime won&#39t rack in the sales in this day.

I think that&#39s awesome but I doubt investors will.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/6/2015 8:21:35 AM

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
2 years ago

Yet he claims it would take 10 mil to make a TRUE open world game even though according to this article it takes 5 times that amount? Also who DIDNT expect a low budget game? I mean its KICKSTARTER of course its low budget lol.. Ive never heard of a AAA kickstarter

Temjin001
Temjin001
2 years ago

I think it&#39s most important that they focus on the story and the game play for this one.

I do think this is something of a backhanded deal though. The average Shenmue supporter put in something like $93. That&#39s a lot. And it exceeded 3x the minimum amount to green light the project. AND it&#39s the most successful Kickstarter in history.
The fans did more than their part and I think a part of that came in light of them believing the extra money would create something inline with the previous games.

I hope Sony steps up to the plate and supports Yu with more money because it nearly seems that the game was too ambitious for a charity effort to begin with. And it was Sony who brought him on stage to get this thing rolling in the first place.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/5/2015 10:50:36 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
2 years ago

"and looks great"

Debatable.

Last edited by Jawknee on 10/6/2015 2:43:00 PM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
2 years ago

Just use the Unreal Engine, doesn&#39t cost much and looks great.
No one is asking for qualities like CryEngine, R.A.G.E. and Fox.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
2 years ago

I don&#39t think it&#39d work for this game very well.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
2 years ago

Now if they&#39re able to create an amazing game with 6 to 10 million dollars then that will leave a lot of developers with mouths opened.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
2 years ago

I wouldn&#39t have it any other way… Well I would, but if it looks the same as before that&#39s just great too.

Jawknee
Jawknee
2 years ago

It&#39s gonna take 80 million. XD

Shauneepeak
Shauneepeak
2 years ago

Now if freaking Sega would release the rights to the first two games and allow for an HD collection this project just might get enough interest to catch the eye of some big donators.

ryu
ryu
2 years ago

i just hope he&#39s got some mindblowing gameplay mechanics up his sleeves, coz a lot of stuff he invented way back when are so outdated and frowned upon by now.
story alone isn&#39t gonna get the game far

Kevin555
Kevin555
2 years ago

So SONY hype this up at E3 like it&#39s a big deal only for the project to fail to reach enough interest to make a worthwhile third game.

If they&#39re going to give us a half-arse attempt then don&#39t bother. This series deserves better than that.

Like the FF7 remake which will either not happen or wont be as amazing as everyone wants it to be, i had a feeling this was too good to be true.