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Shenmue 3 Creator Won't Be Disappointed if Kickstarter Misses $10 Million Stretch Goal

He just will have to make a slightly smaller open world.


At E3 last month, Sony announced a Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III with a $2 million goal, but creator Yu Suzuki remarked later that he would need $10 million to make a "true open world" for the game. In a recent question and answer session on Twitter, Suzuki promised, however, that he would not be disappointed if the campaign did not reach that $10 million stretch goal.

When asked if he'd be upset if it fell short, Suzuki responded, "No I won't be. I am grateful that there's another chance for a new Shenmue. I will make what I can within the budget from your money."

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The game has raised over $4.3 million at the time of this writing, and it will likely cross $5 million in the 11 days left in the campaign. Another Twitter user asked what the game would look like with this budget. Suzuki explained that its world would likely be on a similar scale to the main area of the first game in the series. "I'm expecting something similar to Dobuita [the area in Shenmue I] in terms of scale," he answered.

Although announced on Sony's stage, Sony will receive no money from the funds raised via Kickstarter, Suzuki recently clarified. Rather, Sony will assist separately in production, marketing, and publishing for the game. Shenmue III's Kickstarter campaign broke records for the fastest ever to cross its goal, reaching $2 million in less than 12 hours. It will be released for the PlayStation 4 and PC on a currently unknown date.

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