Would a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 work?


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With hints and rumors all over the internet revolving around the future of Shenmue, people are starting to think of ideas to bring the third installment to life. What better way to do this than let the fans decide with Kickstarter? Double Fine recently broke the mold by accruing far above their Kickstarter goal for a new game, and showed that gamers and fans will pay whatever they want for a product. Currently, Sumo Digital has a lot of vintage cards in their Sega hand with their recently announced title, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed. The game’s executive producer, Steve Lycett told Official Xbox Magazine the following in regards to Kickstarting Shenmue 3,

“I’m most interested in this crowd-funding idea at the moment. It’s almost a shift away from publishers in a way, if fans are prepared to pay for something, you can basically fund just about anything. I’m going to say this now, and feel free to print this because this’ll be a hilarious one that Sega will have to worry about, but I don’t know why Yu Suzuki doesn’t put Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter. That would be a very interesting thing to watch.”

So what do you think, fellow Addicts? I know I would definitely shell out some cash to see this beloved franchise continued the way the creator desires. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Also, if you can’t read the comic above, click on it a few times. It’s a doozy!

[Source: OXM]


Readers Comments (3)

  1. It sounds like a good idea on paper, but I have a feeling there’s something critical that goes beyond fundraising…
    Considering they aren’t doing too hot on business these days, I’d like to see this done to localize VC3, Project Diva, etc. Something already made, but just needs backing.

  2. I like the idea. It can really help show if there actually is enough demand for a niche franchise to continue on, and in some cases you can mitigate all those extra costs that are usually incurred to promote the game or to get it on store shelves. Matty’s got a good idea too, I’m sure we’d see games like VC3 if SEGA put it out to the fans to pay for.

  3. i dont think this game is going work out

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