FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q – Has it already been funded?
A – Sort of, but only the initial funding. We’ve only got the bare minimum Yu needs to make Shenmue 3 right now. So if you want the game to be the Shenmue 3 you always dreamed of, keep contributing, keep spreading the word, and keep tweeting #SaveShenmue.
Q – How does Kickstarter work exactly?
A – You pledge money to the cause, and that money only gets taken out at the end of the fund raising period. Even if it meets its goals, the Kickstarter will carry on until the end of the 31 days and any additional funds will be used to finance what is called “stretch goals”, which are like extra bonus features and areas and translations, and a better quality game. You’ll get your rewards if you donated at any point in the 31 days.
Q – Which platforms will it be coming out on?
A – PS4 and PC only. We’re not certain that it won’t come out for WiiU or Xbox One or Mac, but it probably won’t. Sony are partners in this project.
Q – Sony are partners? So why doesn’t Sony just fund the damn thing?
A – The short answer is that they have a little faith in Shenmue (3rd party guys are big Shenmue fans), but not quite enough to jump in at the deep end. This is their way of gauging interest. The more money we throw into the Kickstarter, the more support and fans they can see there are. The more fans they see there are, the more money they themselves will contribute to the project. They’ve officially come out and said that they are partners in the entire project, and that they are contributing “some funding”.
Q – Why does Ryo look so weird? And what’s up with the voice acting?
A – These graphics and voices are all temporary. What was shown isn’t a trailer or even a teaser, it’s just an example. A placeholder. Something to show fans at E3. Trust in Yu Suzuki! He won’t release a game that isn’t at least pleasing to the eye, and Ryo will look (and sound) like Ryo.
Q – Which hashtag are we using? Why not Fund Shenmue or ShenmueSaved?
A – Because we need to keep the fans unified, and we’re not out of the woods yet. Team Yu has said that we need to keep using #SaveShenmue until this kickstarter is finished, otherwise we risk watering down our message with scattered different hashtags with mixed messages. Shenmue 3 will happen, but we still need to save it from being a bad game with our donations and support!
Q – How much money does Yu need to make a true AAA Shenmue?
A – We’re not sure. We’ve heard rumours about an amount he feels that he needs, and we’ve heard rumours about how much Sony are contributing (a percentage based on what we donate), but we don’t know anything solid. From what fans in the know are telling me, Shenmue 3 really needs AT LEAST 10 million from the Kickstarter alone if we want it to become a really amazing game.
Q – What are the stretch goals of the Kickstarter? What are the rewards?
A – All of that is listed on the official Kickstarter page.
Donate here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ysnet/shenmue-3
Q – Will there be more stretch goals?
A – Yes. There will be some very important stretch goals coming up, unless I’m very much mistaken.
Q – What will happen to this group?
A – The group is going to be on fire for 2 and a half years talking about possibilities for Shenmue 3. After that, you can bet your left buttock that Shenmue fans will remain as passionate and lively as ever. We’re going nowhere. Plus, we still need Shenmue 1 & 2 HD versions to be released before Shenmue 3, which is another reason to keep tweeting!
Shenmue 3 Kick-Starter donate here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ysnet/shenmue-3