Shenmue III Closes as the Most Funded Video Game on Kickstarter

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Since announcing the Kickstarter project at Sony’s press conference last month, Shenmue III’s funding period has just ended, and it is now the most funded video game ever on Kickstarter at 6.33 million dollars.

The most funded game before this was the recently funded Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which ended funding at 5.54 million dollars.

Despite not achieving its hoped 10 million dollar stretch goal, Yu Suzuki has assured that the game will be a sequel true to it’s name.

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  1. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    It’s so weird that this game got more than triple its initial goal, but many people still treat it like it failed to meet its “acutal” funding goal.

    I feel like this crowdfunding campaign could have been handled a lot better.

  2. Cred
    July 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    what they got to do now is expand on the project, make a paypal account and let people donate extra money and keep the cashflow coming

  3. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I think I heard somewhere they already announced they’re gonna keep taking pledges through paypal but I’m not sure.

  4. Thanatos2k
    July 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    But it didn’t make 10 million, so it’s not going to be the real game.

  5. TheCynicalReaper
    July 18, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Maybe Sony will help give that final financial push, though. I know they’re helping to back this as an actual game, so I’m sure it’ll be fine.

  6. buddyluv324
    July 18, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Hmm weren’t the first 2 Shenmue games cost around 40-something million dollars to develope? Given the cost of game development now, im honestly weary of the final product when it gets released.

  7. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 18, 2015 at 1:41 am

    To be fair A) that’s also accounting for the cancelled saturn versions if I recall, and B) it was doing stuff never done before at the time, or at least not on that scale. These days you can probably pull a lot of the things Shenmue did a lot more easily. Especially if you’re using an engine like UE4 (I think? Don’t remember) rather than building your own.

    But yeah 6 million seems pretty low. I hope those mystery investors they mentioned are putting some serious money behind it.

  8. Tubsiwub
    July 18, 2015 at 3:11 am

    They WANTED 10 million, but the most funded Kickstarter before this one was only just above 5 million. How did they seriously expect to double the record breaker amount?

  9. Zack
    July 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Agreed. In the end, there were still many people who boycotted the campaign because they thought the Kickstarter money would just go to Sony… -_-;

  10. chizwoz
    July 18, 2015 at 3:43 am

    This was always intended to gauge the interest. Sony will be funding the rest. They just should’ve been clear about that in the kickstarter!

  11. Dgnfly
    July 18, 2015 at 4:32 am

    they should be happy Sony is supporting it regardless off the kickstarter it would just mean more money would go into the production. and secondly it means this kickstarter can’t go Bust cause sony is providing backup so if they needed more money to finish production Sony would have backed em up.

  12. Fall
    July 18, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I think if they had come out with the higher tier pledges earlier then it would have gotten even more in the end.

    All the limited high pledges got snapped up fast so a lot of people settled for lower priced options during the initial burst of excitement. Then a week or 2 later they announced the unlimited higher priced options.

    As someone said even though this has been a massive success this still could of been handled better

  13. Evropi
    July 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Now to wait until December 2017!
    … :(

  14. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    July 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Wait, isn’t that Star Citizen’s title, of being the most funded? Or do they lose to some technicality that I don’t know about?

  15. Neojames82
    July 18, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I think they mean the most funded Kickstarter at the end amount, which I don’t think Star Citizen’s was that high when it ended.

  16. PmcC
    July 18, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Sony probably got a percentage of the money for the Advertisement they gave them at E3.

  17. Nagato
    July 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I have yet to see a Kickstarter game be delivered on schedule; Summer 2018 is probably the earliest possible period this will actually release.

  18. doog
    July 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    That has never been remotely hinted at anywhere. That would be ludicrously dumb.

  19. PmcC
    July 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    It was Just a thought.

  20. Some furf
    Some furf
    July 18, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Sony is taking care of distribution on the PS4 version. That’s about it from them.

  21. chizwoz
    July 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    You sure? I’d understood differently. Can’t remember where I read it though.
    $6 mil just isn’t enough to make a very high quality game by modern standards. It would be kinda irrational for them to miss this opportunity.

  22. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I’d rather wait till 2018 than wait till “Never” like I imagine most people were for the last fifteen years.

  23. Darkness Dragon
    Darkness Dragon
    July 18, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I was hoping to fund it, but I didn’t think about the deadline. I thought it’d be around for a while longer to fund. Oh well, maybe I can still do a little something. Congratulations to Shenmue devs though!!!

  24. Takane Shijou
    Takane Shijou
    July 18, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    SC ended with about $2.1 million in their kickstarter. And they’ve had three years about of open donations for the title, so that’s helped quite a bit.

  25. Martin
    July 19, 2015 at 3:48 am

    I don’t know why, but many people didn’t fund this because they thought the money would go to Sony instead. I find that stupid, personally. Besides, I think people should be happy that they’re getting Shenmue 3 at all. No need to fuss over the fact that it’s ‘incomplete’.

  26. PenguinPlayer
    July 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    That’s a lot considering how much misinformation and confusion surrounded the exact circunstances of this kickstarter. Imagine if they handled it like they should.

    And I’m not surprised. People want more Shemnue, they have wanted more Shenmue for 15 years, and, correct me if I’m wrong, but 2 sold quite well for its time and its biggest problem was that the budget was simply too high for them to get their money back in any reasonable way.

  27. Crizzyeyes
    July 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Why would that be dumb? Sounds like a good opportunity for money.

  28. Nonscpo
    July 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    The impression that it failed to meet it’s actual funding goal comes from that statement that they needed 10 million to achieve Yu’s vision of what Shenmue III should be. To be fair I agree with that view, this Kickstarter should have had the 10 million as the base goal. Which I think could have been achievable if SONY had just been upfront about there partnership on the E3 stage.

  29. Nonscpo
    July 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I blame the Sony rep’s for not explaining there partnership on stage, as it looked like the people at Playstation, thought that hype alone would fund this. To be fair they were partially right!

  30. Nonscpo
    July 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Agreed they could have done much better on the E3 stage.

  31. Nonscpo
    July 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Agreed they should have gone for 5-10 million starting price.

  32. Nonscpo
    July 20, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    To be fair they shot themselves in the foot by not explaining there points properly. I still think they could have made the 10 million if the initial asking price was higher and they hadn’t squandered the initial good PR they had with this campaign.

  33. doog
    July 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    They already get a cut of money from all games sold on ps4. That’s why sony sometimes will advertise big releases even if they are multiplatform. Why would they take of a cut of the kickstarter before the game has even got started hurting its development?