Back in 1999, designer Yu Suzuki headed up a project that was bitter-sweet and left gamers everywhere wanting more. That project was Shenmue for the Sega Dreamcast, a game that was a critical success and has a strong cult following, but was a financial disaster. Because of this, despite Shenmue being a series that had a beautifully-crafted story and ended its second installment on a major cliff-note back in 2001, the story looked as though it would never be finished. Until now.
During Sony’s E3 press conference, several major game announcements were made. Among those however, was the announcement and countdown for Shenmue 3 and its Kickstarter. This of course left the audience with a split reaction. Some who were passive about the announcement, others who were almost in tears.
The reaction for Shenmue 3 has been completely has been big to say the least. Much of this is due to the announcement happening during the Sony press conference. Either way, after it was announced, so many people rushed to Kickstarter, that it actually caused all of Kickstarter to crash. In mere minutes Shenmue 3 had already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Kickstarter, predictably took off but at a pace nobody could have imagined. In less then 2 hours it raised over $1 million, blasting past Yooka-Laylee’s record. As I write this, the Kickstarter is currently sitting at $1,465,303 raised so far and is going up quickly.
I myself couldn’t be happier by this announcement. This has been a long time coming and I’m so happy that we’re finally getting this after all this time.