Shenmue game creator Yu Suzuki announced that he could use a little more money for Shenmue 3, all the while having the game’s focus on class storytelling, rather than a visually stunning graphics experience.
In his recent interview with Eurogamer, Suzuki talked about his vision for the game, and why he wanted something different unlike most popular titles nowadays. According to him, he could do morewith more money.
“I could do with a bit more money!” he said. However, he would not be spending it on delivering stunning graphics for the game.
“The game itself doesn’t have to be gorgeous visually – a lot of the money these days goes into the graphics,” he added. “If we perhaps compromise on the graphics and put more into the story, we can make a good game. The most important thing, to me, is that the game’s interesting, and that it’s something people want to play.”
“We’re still trying to gather funds. Obviously, the more money we have the more we can do. Even if we don’t get as much budget as the previous games, we’ll still make this game.”
Aside from the successful Kickstarter fundraising, Suzuki also revealed that the game is being backed by Shibuya Productions as well as Sony, though he did not elaborate on how much the two companies are contributing for the game.
In the official Team Yu website, it was reported that the game was able to raise a whopping amount of $6,333,295 during the whole course of the Kickstarter fundraising period. The amount was pledged by a total of 69,320 backers. The original goal to make the game “a reality” was only $2 million.
IGN listed down the records in fundraising that Shenmue III is now holding under its belt. The game is now the most-funded title on Kickstarter, beating Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, with only $5,545,991 raised. It also holds the record of being the fastest game in Kickstarter to reach the $1M mark, busting through the original $2 million target fund after only nine hours.
Following this, Yu Suzuki announced live on Twitch that PayPal donations will soon be accepted to further fund the game. In the live stream, Suzuki also confirmed that the game will be made to an open world, and that he will do everything to make the game as best as possible for the fans.