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