Shenmue 3 Creator Says Sony Won't See a Cent of Kickstarter Funds

Yu Suzuki clarifies Sony's involvement in the upcoming crowd-funded sequel.


Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series, has addressed questions regarding the funding of Shenmue 3 and Sony's involvement in the project.

In a update posted on the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter page, Suzuki ensured fans that crowdsourced "funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3."

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

"Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars," he added.

According to Suzuki, Sony will provide assistance on production, marketing and publishing.

"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."

Continuing, Suzuki laid out his ambitions for expanding the game, provided that stretch goals are reached. At the $5 million mark there will be "an all new gameplay feature," and at $10 million "a much larger, completely open world will be yours to explore."

"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," he said. "It is my hope though, that together we can make this Shenmue just as revolutionary as the first two were."

Shenmue 3, the long-awaited sequel to a Dreamcast classic, was announced during Sony's E3 2015 press conference, when Suzuki appeared on stage beside PlayStation's Adam Boyes to launch the Kickstarter.

Development is being handled primarily by Ys Net, a studio founded by Yu Suzuki in 2008. Shibuya Productions, a Monaco-based company that produces and promotes animation, games and movies, is also involved in the project, alongside Sony.

Suzuki has said the game will be a "full-on Shenmue experience," and initially asked for $2 million in funding to start work on the project.

Within a couple of hours the campaign crossed $1 million mark, and just a few hours later, its funding goal. At the time of writing this it has raised more than $3,600,000, with 22 days to go.

Take a look at some of the artwork for the game in the gallery below.

Click image to view in full screen
Click image to view in full screen
Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are 254 comments about this story
254 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for razor_rj

can someone provide me short description of what shenmue is ?

Avatar image for ryanthegeneral

@razor_rj: short version- shenmue features a young man who witnesses his farther die by the hands of another man. He then seeks revenge by seeking out the man throughout his journey and must take jobs are the city to pay for his plane ticket and other expenses.

Long- and reason why almost everyone loves the series.

Shenmue was one of the first true "open world games". You could go to the arcade if you want- you could work at the docks if you wanted. You could just walk around the city. People had daily routines and lived their own lives. It had day / night cycles where stores would open at specific times and close at specific time. Fully voiced - basically all the things you find in today's rpg/open world elements were found in shenmue.

The second was left on a huge cliffhanger so people have been waiting on this for a long long time

I know this is a long time since your comment- but I hope that helped.

Avatar image for gamefreak215jd

I just realised that Shenmue 3's coming to PS4 AND PC, platform which didn't receive the port of the first 2 titles.Nevertheless it was a good idea since its now an indie game and a lot of folks who moved from the old consoles to PC and PS4 might grab it. BTW I hope they finally create a port of those games later on for all newcomers.

Avatar image for medmuscle

I would have pledged some money for a physical PS4 version. So PC is getting a physical but PS4 isn't? That's garbage.

Avatar image for BradBurns

@medmuscle: Good News! PS4 is now going o have a special backer edition physical copy.

Avatar image for salateen

I just hope that the Kickstarter gets as close to the $10,000,000 as possible as I suspect that other investment is based on the figure generated. Realistically, with '$30 on the 3rd' and the final push, I'd expect the figure to end up at around $6,000,000.

Right now, it's essential that the focus is on the Kickstarter but I just hope that YS Net offer an option for continued funding via Pay Pal after the Kickstarter has finished. I feel that a lot of the fans, including myself, are pretty much maxxed out right now but willing to contribute (considerably) further in the coming months, should the opportunity arise.

Avatar image for zokoye

Personally I think $10Million is a reasonable amount to ask for the kickstarter campaign. You have to look at things in perspective here. Technology has greatly advanced since the last games were made and skills in the craft improved. It's also a lot cheaper making games now than before, hence why we have more indie companies popping up. I think they know what they are talking about if they say they only need $10mil from the kickstarter. Surely they have other means of income (from what I gather) to add to the kickstarter funds but I think ultimately it will cost a lot less than the $70mil or $100mil people seem to think this game will need.

All that said I don't think it will be easy teaching that goal. One thing I want to know is if the game will be a PS4 exclusive (sorry I haven't bothered to check). If so then this will greatly reduce the kickstarter funding. A lot of people who played the old games now play on either an Xbox or PC, not everyone has a PS4 so if Sony makes a monopoly of this beloved franchise like they did SFV (thankfully there's a PC version of that) I doubt a lot of people will be quick to throw their money at the campaign, knowing they will have to buy a console to play the game too. Just my thoughts on the matter.

Avatar image for letmewinyou2

@zokoye: hi zokoye , the game will be available to PC and Ps4 for now , I understand you but you know it's been 14 years since the last Shenmue and this is the best chance that Suzuki probably had all this time , its not easy to convince someone to invest on you , Sony apparently will help but I

don't think we should really do a console war over this game , after 14 years I just want this to be a great game , wherever console I will be playing , I just want a controller in my hands and Shenmue on my TV :)

Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for thelastdrink


Avatar image for kemar7856

how on earth is thing going to be made for that much money? shenmue 1 and 2 were very ambitious games they mention in their kickstater they have other investors but and plan to have this released by late 2017 but thats way too long for me

Avatar image for Foxhound1982

I gave up on Shenmue 2 some way in when Ryo had to get a job at the docks, and you spent too much time moving crates around in a fork lift. No-one wants a 'going to work' simulator.

Avatar image for treos2

@Foxhound1982 speaking of simulators... Star Citizen, $84.6 million funds raised so far and the number just keeps on rising. well, ok, that is a rather ridiculous example but still, iirc it is planned to be a simulator.

on topic here, i might give this a go if they succeed at making this sequel if only because i never had the chance to own any dreamcast or games for it back when we were still in that gaming generation. heres hoping it'll be good or maybe even great.

off topic again for a moment. this would be the...what, 4th big dev team to go indied lately? first there was mega man's creator, then igarashi of castlevania, some old devs of RARE, now this team. if that's any indication then it's starting to look like the big publishers really don't know what kind of games we gamers really want after all, huh? cause the people working on all these indie projects so far are some real big names in video gaming.

Avatar image for metroidhunterx

@Foxhound1982: Cool fictional story, bro.

Avatar image for malachi_27

@Foxhound1982: Yeah, the only job-like activity in the sequel is moving Xiuying's boxes at the Man Mo Temple. You could get part-time job in Shenmue 2, but I most certainly didn't. Arm wrestling and those stupid betting games all the way!

Avatar image for Chronologo

@Foxhound1982: If I remember correctly that's on the first game only. On Shenmue 2 there's a work involving crates but you move them by hand along with a partner. The first game was really slow paced and wasn't for everyone, but the 2nd improved upon all those flaws.

Avatar image for thekazumalord

it' won't reach 10 million.. maybe 4 million at most.. and maybe 5 million if there area lot of generous people. but 10 million? no way

Avatar image for Navardo95

So if this game doesn't get $10 million via kickstarter which is extremely huge...we are going to get a half-arsed sequel that completely pales in comparison with previous entries? YIKES!

They seriously needed to handle the project better..

Avatar image for mahmoudhaider

Love you gamespot for helping to clear the information for everyone

guys you are the best

And please add shenmue 3 to the 50 top upcoming games list

Avatar image for thedeadraptor

It is established then! Sony will not by any means receive one dime of the kickstarter funds! Game sales ... on the other hand...

Avatar image for DevilWarChild

Sony all need to save Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter for fucking up the Kickstarter nice work Sony....

Avatar image for SavageEvil

The salt is real in these threads, it's like some people love to stir up drama. Internets you kill me, the lengths some folks will lie and conjure up stories is epic. Hate is salt, salt is hate it will be the death of you.

Avatar image for hughthehand88

What's a Shenmue? Oh yea, supposed to pretend I'm excited.

Avatar image for BradBurns

@hughthehand88: Old game that plays like a movie where you just live as a young man named Ryo Hazuki as you try to figure out why someone assassinated your father.

There really hasn't been anything exactly like it since. It feels more like art than a game, because you're essentially living someone else life, without stupid trophies or the like. I want to see more of that with today's tech.

Avatar image for gameoftrolls

Like Sony needs the $ 3 million funded when the game is going to cost $100 million to make. Sony is probably going to pay most of the money for the development at the end of the day...

Avatar image for spoonmanx

@gameoftrolls: it's NOT going to cost anywhere near that!

The original all cost $40 million and that includes the 3 years of work on the engine and scrapped Saturn version & brand new from scratch Dreamcast engine, online components, weather system, etc.. much of which was brand new territory at the time.

Now they will be using the Unreal Engine, a free engine, so the money will be covering other assets, voice actors, etc.. I'd guess they could make a worthy sequel for under $10 million.

Avatar image for wgerardi

I see all these people saying they want revenge on Lan Di.... when i first played the game as a kid I felt the same way, but we are adults now... Can't you see it is a vicious cycle? Iwao Hazuki killed Lan Di's father, Lan Di killed Ryo's father...if we kill Lan Di we will be continuing the cycle of violence and pain.


Avatar image for shenmuelives

@wgerardi: Yu Suzuki has said that Ryo will lose the lust for revenge.

Avatar image for Redfoot123

@wgerardi: You could just let Lan Di beat you up and never finish the game.

Avatar image for PayneKiller

Why would Sony be seeing any of the kickstarter funds? don't they need to add to it for the game to be developed..

Avatar image for Lanzo86

Something to note shenmue 2 was one of the most ambitious games of its time and is in the 50 best games ever made ,it cost 70 million to make and 5 year to develop. order shenmue 3 to live up to expectations its going to have to do the ambitious and go all out..finishing the story isn't enough when shenmue 2 came out it was completely unique but not the systems that were unique it is now common in any good game..qte have not made on since shenmue used them so well

Avatar image for letmewinyou2

Really I'm more than happy Sony joined yu Suzuki , but if it was Microsoft would be fine too. Wherever Im going to play , ps4 PC Xbox Dreamcast 3 or Amiga ,that doesn't matter , I just want Shenmue 3 !

Avatar image for malachi_27

@letmewinyou2: I want a Dreamcast 3...

Avatar image for edant79

Look, ...I can understand why all the xbox drones are pist, but the fact that Shemue3 is fiiiinally coming out should be good enough for anyone with a fully functioning brain.

Just try and be happy for once. There are plenty of other things for 1st world inhabitants to piss and moan over.

Avatar image for BradBurns

Can't wait for this game. Lan Di will get what he deserves in the form of a beat down from Ryo.

He might need some help from Xiuying, though. Lan Di's no joke.