Yu Suzuki Clarifies Sony's Backing Of Shenmue 3 Kickstarter
When people learned that Sony was backing Shenmue 3, assumptions were made.
To clarify the situation, franchise creator Yu Suzuki has left a Funding and Budget Statement on the game's Kickstarter page.
He said all the funds will go to Ys Net for development purposes, while Sony and Shibuya Productions "are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars." And as Suzuki added:
"While it is not business practice to discuss the specific details of such arrangements, I can say that with their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development."
The project has raised over $3.6 million but activity has slowed significantly since E3. There are $5 million and $10 million Stretch Goals but for the time being, perhaps only the $5 million goal is realistic. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Here's Suzuki's take on those Stretch Goals:
"Even if these Stretch Goals are not reached, Shenmue 3 will already be a sequel true to its name, and one we can all be proud of. It is my hope though, that together we can make this Shenmue just as revolutionary as the first two were."
Related Game(s): Shenmue 3
6/25/2015 11:07:17 AM Ben Dutka