After a month-long fundraising period on Kickstarter, Shenmue III came to a close-and with that, the game broke multiple records with the massive amount of money it raised through only a small number of backers.
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.
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, hitting 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.
During E3, Sony revealed its intention of backing the game and helping with its development. It was also on the said event that Sony unveiled the Kickstarter campaign for the game. The original goal to make the game “a reality” was only $2 million, but has since been able to triple the required amount.
“Sony and PlayStation are definitely a partner in this game,” said Sony’s director of third party production Gio Corsi. “And it’s going to be run through third party production and we’re going to help YS Net get the game done. And we are going to be partners the whole way and we’re really excited to see this come out in a couple of years.”