The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter has received new stretch goals, after looking more than likely that the third instalment of the Japanese open-world action-adventure game will surpass the 4.6 million mark it previously detailed up to.
The goals highlight targets from $5.1 million to $11 million. Whilst it could seem as if $11 million is quite a large figure, the funding is nearing $3.7 million – as of the time of writing – with 21 days still left to go.
The stretch goals are as follows:
- $5.1 million: Portuguese language option.
- $6 million: Battle system expanded; advanced free battle.
- $6.5 million: Battle system expanded; ragdoll reaction.
- $7 million: Battle system expanded; AI battling.
- $7.5 million: Battle system expanded; high ground battle system.
- $8 million: Choubu area expanded; mini games x4.
- $8.25 million: Choubu area expanded; betting games x4.
- $8.5 million: Choubu area expanded; kung-fu mastery.
- $9 million: Choubu area expanded; part-time job.
- $10 million: Bailu village expanded; mini games x4.
- $10.25 million: Bailu village expanded; betting games x4.
- $10.5 million: Bailu village expanded; kung-fu mastery.
- $11 million: Bailu village expanded; magic maze.
There are also blanked out stretch goals after $11 million, so expect that Yu Suzuki and his team have plans for any amount that is reached in their effort to make a fully-fledged sequel.
According to the update, “Yu-san felt that he should focus on making each area as fully immersive as possible before moving on to the next new one, so the area portions of the Stretch Goals have been grouped together.”
It’s also said that the developer has structured Shenmue 3 around its stretch goals, making sure that the game would be able to develop and grow, no matter what the amount raised was. The post also mentioned that “The different elements of the game would form a scaffold, building up from each new system and mechanic that would enhance the game as a whole.”
In a prior update, Suzuki took to Kickstarter to assure fans that 100% of the crowdsourced funding would be “going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3.”
“Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars,” he explained. “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.”
Suzuki is also taking to Twitch tonight in order to detail each goal and address any comments or questions regarding Shenmue, its Kickstarter, and its release. This will kick off at 7PM PT/3AM BST.