Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter, Internet Rejoices

A Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3 has been launched to bring to life the dreams of millions of gamers.

The goal for the game is $2 million and it reached $1 million in just a few hours, the fastest game to achieve that feat!

Shenmue 3 was announced during Sony’s E3 conference which saw other notable titles like Final Fantasy VII remake and The Last Guardian. At the time of writing it is around 67% funded having reached $1,458,981 with 17,205 people backing it. With 31 days to go it is expected that the game will smash its target due to the fierce loyalty of fans who have waited 14 years for a sequel to the classic Dreamcast game Shenmue II and the continuation of Ryo Hazuki’s epic journey from Japan to China.

Yu Suzuki, creative genius behind Shenmue has this message on the Kickstarter page:

Since the release of Shenmue 2, now 14 years ago, I have been greeted by the passionate outpouring of dedicated fans and Shenmue community members wherever I go. They all want to know one thing: “When will Shenmue 3 be coming out?” With the advent of games using Kickstarter during these past few years, the new and now frequent demand from the fans has been, “Do a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3!” 

If Shenmue 3 was going to get made, I wanted to make it with the fans. Through Kickstarter, I knew that could happen. Together, with Shenmue fans everywhere, I knew we could build the game that the series deserves.

If we do not reach our funding goal, Shenmue 3 will not go forward. I know that the goal of making Shenmue 3 with the fans, and seeing Shenmue in the hands of gamers all around the world is a lofty one. We are balancing our ambitions for a grand sequel with the pragmatic realities of developing a game of this scale. It will not be easy, but I have dreamed of making this sequel for 14 years – it is time to bring Shenmue back! And to make it come true, it will need the love and support from each and every one of you!

So please join us in making Shenmue 3 – let us grow our community and build a new, exciting Shenmue experience.

The game will be released for the PS4 and PC and there is the launch date of December 2017. You can back the Kickstarter here.



I'm a long-time anime and Japanese film and culture fan who has lived in the country and is studying Japanese in an effort to become fluent. I write about films, anime, and work on various things.

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