Since the announcement of Shenmue 3 at Sony’s 2015 E3 conference, fans of the series went through three stages. First, they cried and kissed their monitors, praising the day that we finally get to see a true sequel to one of the most beloved series in all of gaming. Second, they took to social media to raise both awareness and funds for Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter, which was able to raise the requested amount in less then 24 hours. The third and final stage was to sit back confused, and ask themselves several questions including: “Wait a minute, is Sony funding this? Why is the goal only $2,000,000? Why does this seem so fishy? What’s going on?” While there has been some major confusion surrounding the project for the last several weeks, we didn’t get a true answer to all these questions.
Until now…sort of; Suzuki has attempted to clear the air around who will be assisting in the project in an update on the game’s Kickstarter Page:
“Sony and Shibuya Productions have been wonderful partners because they believe in Shenmue and want to see the best for the fans and the game. Their investment in (and support of) Shenmue have helped to realize a sequel that will stand proud with its predecessors.
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.“
So it would seem that both Sony and Shibuya Productions are involved in some way with the project, though Suzuki is unable to completely discuss how. He also went on to state that even if the kickstarter doesn’t reach it’s stretch goals, that the project will be a huge success and a sequel worthy of the Shenmue fans.
“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.“
He closed his blog post stating apologizing for the delay in explaining what was going on with the title and what involvement Sony would have.
“I understand this statement may by late in coming. Going forward, we wish to be as open as possible concerning the game’s development. I would like to again ask for your cooperation and support in helping make Shenmue 3 the best that it can be.“
Shenmue 3 is currently being developed for the PS4 as well as on PC.