Shenmue 3 Kickstarter hits goal, Sony clarifies their involvement

The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, overseen by director Yu Suzuki, has hit its $2 million goal within 10 hours of starting.

The game is still set in the same timeframe as the first two and takes place in an area of China in the 1980s.  Many fans have discussed and petitioned for a sequel since the second game hit Dreamcast and then appeared on the original Xbox 10 years ago.  It’s a project that looked as if it would never see the light of day since Sega were not interested in bringing it back.

Questions around Sony’s involvement were raised when the kickstarter was announced at their conference.  If fans were raising the money, why were Sony involved and was this going to be partially funded by them?  All became clear during a Playstation Livecast event (which you can watch below) when PlayStation’s director of third party production, Gio Corsi, explained the situation.

“Sony and PlayStation is definitely a partner in this game, It’s going be run through third-party production. We’re going to help YsNet get the game done. We’re going to be partners on it the whole way.” he explained.

So all looks good for the game that many thought would never see the light of day.  Fans can hopefully look forward to spending all their money on toy capsule machines in the near future.

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