Shenmue 3 may have already created quite a storm on Kickstarter (raising over $3.5 million since its Kickstarter campaign launched last week), but there’s still some way to go if the game is to be truly open world.
Yu Suzuki informed fans, via Reddit, that the initial $2 million target was only the start, “I will say this: if we reach the $5 mil mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality,” he said. “At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.”
Considering the original Shenmue was created with a budget of $47 million, we’re left to question how Shenmue 3 will be made with only a fraction of that amount. Considering Sony gave Suzuki, and his company Ys Net, its stage at E3, we can safely assume that Sony will be providing some amount of support.
If the $10 million mark is met, Suzuki informed fans what they could expect from Shenmue 3‘s open world. Rather than the more urban backdrops of Shenmue 1 and 2, this installment will focus more on rural areas of China, like Choubu, which Suzuki described as “a riverside village with lots of shops, souvenir stores, hotels and temples. The quests in this village should be very enjoyable, I think,”. He went on to describe the village of Bailu, which “is the village where Shenhua was raised and also a place that Ryo’s father, Iwao, had visited when he was younger. Here as well the quests will play an important role as Ryo and Shenhua start their journey.”
It sounds as though Ys Net needs to hit the $10 million mark in order to make the game that both the company and the fans want. If you’re on of the many people who’s been waiting for a new Shenmue game, then mosey on down to Shenmue 3‘s Kickstarter page to pledge some of your hard earned dosh.