Shenmue 3 shatters $2 million Kickstarter target in 9 hours

Sony surprised everyone at its E3 press conferencing by launching the Kickstarter campaign for Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue 3.


The sequel in the popular RPG series went live on Kickstarter just this morning and it’s already met its huge $2 million funding target through over 24,000 backers. And the campaign still has a month to go.

Shenmue 3 will be an open-world action RPG and it will be a direct sequel to the first two games, the last of which was released in 2001 on Sega Dreamcast and Xbox.

While the first two games were developed and published by Sega, Shenmue 3 is being developed independently by series creator Yu Suzuki and his team under license from Sega.

So popular was the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter announcement that the crowdfunding site, along with several gaming sites like NeoGaf, crashed following the announcement.

Shenmue 3 is tentatively planned for release in December 2017 (for Kickstarter backers anyway). The game is planned for release on for PC and PS4. Backers of the PC version have the option to receive the digital or physical version of the game, while the PS4 version is currently only planned for digital release.

Check out the announcement video below and find out more about Shenmue 3 on its Kickstarter page.

Published by Sameer Desai

Sameer is the co-founder, owner and editor of IVG. He has been a writer and journalist for over a decade, most of it focussed on gaming. Having initially worked in news media (TV and online), he switched to tech and video games journalism in 2006. He was editor for the Indian edition of UK-based games trade publication, MCV. He has also written India-focussed columns for Gamespot, and been featured as a games expert by MTV, Mumbai Mirror and The Guardian (UK), among others.

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