The latest update to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter comes with a short teaser featuring a new scene being worked on, which Yu Suzuki sends with “with loving care.” Additionally, the update seeks to remind anyone interested that for $6000, you can cameo in the game as an NPC.
The campaign has reached almost five million dollars, and is now in its final three days. Shenmue 3 was announced as a Kickstarter at E3 this year as one of Sony’s big guns, although some were curious as to how a AAA title could be made on such a meager budget (the original target was two million dollars). Sony head Shuhei Yoshida once said that the “top” PS3 games cost somewhere between 20 to 50 million dollars to develop, and that prices would rise for the next generation. It soon became known that Sony would indeed help front costs, but Yu Suzuki clarified on the Kickstarter that their contributions would go towards production, marketing and publishing so that “Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development.”
If you were interested in pitching in to the Kickstarter, you better hurry as the campaign ends in 54 hours – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ysnet/shenmue-3.