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Submitted by rastapau19 142d ago | rumor

RUMOR: Yu Suzuki May Consider Crowdfunding for Shenmue 3

If there is one game Sega fans have been harping for over the years, it’s a new entry in the open-world Shenmue franchise. However, Sega is hardly in the financial position to fund such an ambitious project, and as such, a project of this scale just hasn’t been in the cards. However, if a series of tweets are to be believed, Yu Suzuki, the creator of the franchise, may be considering using something along the lines of Kickstarter to fund it. (Next-Gen)

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US8F  +   142d ago
I would pledge double the retail price of new games to make this see the light of day. I can only imagine Shenmue coming up in this day and age, oh my mind would explode
hellzsupernova  +   142d ago
im sorry but you would support a BIG publisher to help them create a game that has a definite demand? i feel like this is taking it too far and should not be supported at all!!!!! big companies cannot go to kickstarter! they have the resources, they see clear demand for the product, yet they will nickle and dime you to help fund the project then sell it to you at full retail!?!?! cmon really?
thisismyaccount  +   142d ago
What about the trademark Shenmue in the USA, didn´t Sega forget to update it? How does that work, thought they had lost the rights.
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C-H-E-F  +   142d ago
Yeah, and then Sony released a teaser trailer (commercial) in Japan and had Ryu H. all through it like within that next week. I guess we'll have to wait and see how the story of Shenmue unfolds :(
galgor  +   141d ago
A possibility to fund a dream would be awesome!! I'd throw triple the retail price at least. This game needs to happen!!! But I guess that magazine exclusive isn't gonna be shenmue 3...so who knows what else would be so big?
jc48573  +   142d ago
well, just as long as it isn't an impossible goal. Didn't it cost 50 million dollars to make Shenmue?
rastapau19  +   142d ago
$70 Million
rambi80  +   142d ago
Yu Suzuki has stated that the figure given by sega was a lie. Was about 47 million

http://www.joystiq.com/2011...
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ritsuka666  +   142d ago
I don't really thing a game like Shenmue now days would cost as much as people may think.
Dark11  +   142d ago
Shenmue 2 cost $70 Million and that was a dreamcast game

By today standards Shenmue 3 will cost $90M+
i hope i'm wrong tho..
RedCloud88  +   142d ago
Could a third installment in the franchise cost $90 million? Sure, it could cost significantly more than that. But it doesn't have to. The first thing they need to do is pick a third party engine to run the game. Sega was notorious for refusing to use third party engines during the Saturn and dreamcast days. As a first party studio that's normal, you normally retain the most powerful development kits for yourself to make your games shine brighter than anyone else's, but Sega is no longer a first party. The money saved not developing their own engine would be huge. Also, at this point, they could easily make this game a last gen title, still leaps and bounds beyond the first two games in quality, and immediately have a huge potential install base. Most fans would be satisfied, the game would be cheaper than a full fledged next gen title, and they could release an xbox live/psn version running in 1080p/60fps for those of us that have moved into the next gen consoles already. Either way, if shenmue 3 ever happens, I'll buy it day one.
jhoward585  +   142d ago
I bet if Yu Suzuki put Shenmue on kick starter it would do very well.
Iltapalanyymi  +   142d ago
PLEASE! Anything goes if this game is going to happen!
sobotz  +   142d ago
HALF-LIFE 3 confirmed
Wizziokid  +   142d ago
I'd pay dammit, I just need to continue the story!
Fishy Fingers  +   142d ago
But N4G told me it was a PS4 exclusive...
Wizziokid  +   142d ago
It's rumoured that it could be, nothing has been set in stone from what I recall.
Bathyj  +   142d ago
Screw that noise. Go to Sony and have them fund it.
No_Limit  +   142d ago
They original plan for Shenmue was to include a total of 16 chapters. The first game was just the first chapter and I think the second game ends with chapter 5 in China. So there should be a ton a materials if ever Shenmue shall rise again. The Shenmue music scores were fantastic.
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Hugodastrevas  +   142d ago
Didn't Sony buy the Shenmue IP or am i mistaken?
TomahawkX  +   142d ago
Everyone talks about Sega not having any money, yet they just purchased Atlus for $200 million. If they can fund a new Yakuza every 2-3 years, it's entirely possible for them to do Shenmue 3.

It's not an issue about Sega not having enough money to produce it, it's about whether the game will bring in profits for Sega. What they need to do is make an HD collection and gauge its sales to see if there is interest for part 3.

Kojima did the same thing with ZOE which sold poorly so no ZOE3.

Whatever the reason, all we need is someone with major clout within Sega to champion the idea. Unfortunately that someone doesn't exist.
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RedCloud88  +   142d ago
Didn't even think of yakuza, those games are very Shenmue-esque... Sega could just use those engines and put out a shenmue 3 in no time.
Angainor7  +   142d ago
This is old news guys, do some research..
Agent_hitman  +   142d ago
I have a feeling that Sony probably funding this rumored Shenmue 3 game like Yakuza series.. #PS4

Sony and Sega please make this happen. Fans wants this
WeAreLegion  +   142d ago
Darn. That means it's not being made already.
ARESWARLORD  +   142d ago
Sega should drop a game for the Dreamcast now and then. I think they would be supprised of the demand still in the old girl. May sell more copys on DC then Wii U
hkgamer  +   142d ago
2 DC games cost $50mil+

I wonder how much money they need for this.

However, this maybe my first crowndfund i might participate in. Wouldn't mind paying a premium price for it
cfc78  +   142d ago
i'd rather this go multi plat on next gen and get as bigger fan base as possible the more copy's sold the better chance of a 4 and 5 but let's get shenmue 3 first
christocolus  +   142d ago
I hope if gets the proper funding it deserves and is made cor all platforms. Shenmue 1 ,2 ,RE:Code Veronica,Crazy taxi, Virtua tennis, Eco the dolphin, JSR and MSR are the games that my dreamcast going for many years but Shenmue stood out of the pack imo. hope more gamers get to experience this game.
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Evil_Ryu  +   142d ago
Sony needs to fund this and make PS4 exclusive
AnteCash  +   142d ago
"Shenmue developer doing GDC postmortem, PS4 architect Mark Cerny translating at GDC2014"

Sega lost Shenmue trademark

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-l...
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shinobi602  +   142d ago
"March 3rd, 2013"

*sigh*
Nerdmaster  +   142d ago
As much as I love Shenmue, I think that Shenmue fans don't understand that although we are very vocal in our love for the franchise, there aren't many of us. If they really did a crowdfunding for Shumnue 3, it would fail.

EDIT: Wow, this article was posted more than a year ago! How did this get approved??
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CEOSteveBallmer  +   142d ago
I thought sony was in talks with yu suzuki regarding shenmue? mark cerny and yu suzuki, google it if you don't believe it. and this crowdfunding is also just a rumor. if MS somehow gets their hands on this, dear goodness...

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