What can we say about yesterday’s
That isn’t still reverberating through the bones of every person who witnessed, embraced and experienced it?
You were out in force like never before, whipping up a frenzy over Shenmue III that left no leaves uncaught, no books un-aired, no planks uncrossed, no crates unmoved, no kittens unfed, no sailors unfound and no mechanized forks un-lifted!
New rewards were added on KickStarter, including putting yourself in the game and the highly demanded physical copy for PlayStation 4.
The $4 million mark was leapt with ease, and the intriguing stretch goal for the Baisha Village Infiltration Mission has been unlocked.
Shenmue III is now the second most funded video game in Kickstarter history, closing in on Bloodstained which took the crown only last month. If we can pass $5,545,991, we’ll have broken every record laid before us, and with almost two weeks left to attract those donations it’s a very achievable goal.
Look at what you’ve accomplished. Look at what you did when the world and it’s dog told you you couldn’t. If you’d told people even a month ago, let alone a year, two years, three years ago, that one day Yu Suzuki would be tweeting along with you on the 3rd to #SaveShenmue, and that the hashtag would be on the pages of PlayStation and Sony itself to celebrate its arrival on PS4, they’d have said you were out of your freaking mind. And they did. Over and over again. Often with disturbing glee. But you held firm to your belief in Suzuki and your fellow fans, and now here we are. Breaking records and shattering misconceptions.
No one is more inspired by your efforts than Suzuki-san, who shared insight and laughter in his live Q&A session during Friday’s festivities. Siliconera has a recap here: tinyurl.com/YouAskYu
The future of the Tweetathon has been the subject of speculation since the announcement of Shenmue III, and we want to be clear that it will continue in some form. Make no mistake, our primary objective has been accomplished in a big way and we will forever be grateful for that, but there is more to be achieved to fully secure Shenmue’s future. What exactly will take priority on the road ahead will be determined after the Kickstarter deadline of July 17th, so please stay tuned for more details between then and August 3rd. In the meantime, we urge you to activate your TeamYu.net/AutoTweet to ensure you’re on the front line wherever you’re needed.
Yesterday, you made history. Tomorrow, we’ll protect the future. But today, let’s continue to #SaveShenmue.