An update to the campaign clarified the grand total and thanked backers.
“Quite an impressive score, isn’t it!? Seeing the final numbers, all of us here can’t help but feel all over again the immensity of the support everyone has given to make this project come true! Thank you!”
The Kickstarter was originally fully funded in a mere nine hours, and broke thirteen stretch goals including subtitles in other languages, additional quests and gameplay mechanics, and even adding a videogames category to Kickstarter itself. At this time of writing, Shenmue III holds the record for the most funded videogame on Kickstarter.
The campaign ended in July 2015, but demand to help fund the game was so high, an additional Slacker Backer campaign was started on the official website in September, adding to the total and hitting two additional stretch goals. This secondary campaign ended in September 2018.
Shenmue III is launching for Windows PC and PlayStation 4 on August 27th, 2019.