Shenmue 3 Expands Stretch Goals to a Whopping $11 Million
John Williamson / 5 years ago
The Shenmue series is one of the most unique and imaginative creations the gaming industry has ever seen. Yu Suzuki’s vision paved the way forward for dynamic 3D open-world games and even though Shenmue was a niche franchise, it created a very passionate following. However, the tense cliffhanger at the end of Shenmue II left fans yearning for a finishing ensemble to this beautiful trilogy. SEGA’s demise and exit from the console market dealt the final blow and it seemed the hopes of a Shenmue revival were very optimistic. Why? Well, it’s important to recognize that Shenmue I cost $47 million to make back in 1999 on the Dreamcast. As a result, it’s difficult to fathom how anything less than $10 million could come close to becoming a faithful recreation. Yu Suzuki himself clarified that $10 million is the base figure to construct a true open world environment.
Shenmue 3’s funding has been a rollercoaster ride and already set a world record by receiving the initial $2 million target in 24 hours. Since then, the rate of financial support has curtailed off and it looks set to miss the $10 million figure. Of course, there could be a sudden surge with 21 days to go, but things aren’t looking too promising. Recently, the stretch goals expanded to $11 million which indicates the game might actually need $15 million+ to faithfully honor Yu Suzuki’s concept. There’s still some doubt if a 3rd party such as Sony will contribute the existing funds but it seems unlikely. I think this is a little shortsighted given the brand recognition Shenmue has and it could pave the way to a wealth of successful sequels.
How do you feel about the Shenmue kickstarter? Are the funding objectives too unrealistic?