"The fate of Shenmue is in your hands now."
In a conference filled with surprising announcements like news of The Last Guardian and a Final Fantasy 7 remake, Shenmue 3 was the biggest shock of all. But it was strange. The statement above wasn't so much loaded as wielded like a weapon: If you do not back this project, it will not happen.
Shenmue 3's target? Just $2m. Almost nothing compared to the original, which held the Guinness World Record for the most expensive game of all time, with a production budget of $70 million. Naturally, it met that target in just matter of hours. Shenmue 3 is happening. But there are complications.