Shenmue 3: Suzuki considers crowdfunding – report

Sunday, 3rd March 2013 22:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki is thinking of turning to crowdfunding to deliver one of gaming’s more vapourous fables, according to a new report out of France.

The news comes from the Twitter account of Sebastien Abdelhamid, a French TV personality and journalist, reporting from the Monaco Anime and Game Show, where Suzuki made an appearance.

“Yu Suzuki says he’s thinking about a Kickstarter-like model to fund Shenmue 3,” the journalist said.

“Yu Suzuki would also like to continue the story of Shenmue in anime or manga form,” he added later.

Shenmue 3 is one of the most well-roasted chestnuts in gaming’s history. Suzuki is asked about a sequel almost every time he’s interviewed or speaks with fans, and almost always gives some small snippet of information which fires hearts, minds and loins around the world.

Unfortunately, Sega has shown no interest in paying for the damn thing, so every resurrected hope has been dashed back down again by continued radio silence. This talk of crowdfunding is interesting, though.

1999′s Shenmue and its 2001 sequel pioneered a new kind of open-world gameplay which its creators hoped would allow players to do whatever they wanted; the concept lives on in a more streamlined form in stablemate Yakuza. While the game received strong critical receptions, they didn’t sell well and became almost instant cult classics.

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  1. Bashtee

    Time to get a credit card, just in case.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stardog


    #2 2 years ago
  3. sh4dow

    Not too surprising to me about Yakuza. PS2 was an inferior machine that still smashed the DC. How many DC owners do you think appreciated that and would buy a console they decided against, to buy a game that is apparently a lesser version of what they enjoyed on the DC? Exactly…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    @3 – If you’re calling Yakuza a lesser version of anything, you obviously haven’t played it or any of its sequels.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. bitsnark



    #5 2 years ago
  6. hypeb147

    Prayers have been answered!!! Where do we sign up?!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Hellhound30x

    You know when I first bought the original x box I bought it because I heard Shenmue 2 was going to release on it… where do I sign up?

    #7 2 years ago

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