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Shenmue III: Yu Suzuki Clarifies The Game's Funding Situation and Partnership with Sony

Yu Suzuki posted a new update to the Shenmue III kicksatarter campaign, issuing a long and rather detailed statement on the game’s funding situation, and the relationship with partners Sony Computer Entertainment and Shibuya Productions.

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Thatguy-310878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

So this will stay pc/ps4 exclusive. Everyone that has supported the game knew from the moment it's announced and they're gladly supporting the practice so for the people who aren't shelling out money just stop having tantrums and go on with your life's. They keep repeating the same information over and over and some of you still don't get it.

Nirvana31591878d ago

Shenmue 3
FF 7 Remake
The Last Guardian

Sony has given me all I ever wanted.

paradigmfellow878d ago

They are not giving me a physical copy of Shenmue 3.

Dir_en_grey878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Thank you Mr. Suzuki!! Finally the stupid trolls and click bait journalist can stop with their BS.

Yet it's sad to see the trolls still trolling because they don't have anything else to do until the holiday season...

shloobmm3878d ago

May I ask what is about The last guardian that you like? I am genuinely curious because in 7 years they have showed literally nothing of the game. What little they did show at e3 was essentially a slightly longer version of what they originally showed on Ps3. I liked Ico and Shadow of the Colossus as much as the next person but as of right now there has been nothing shown that's worth while in the 7 years this game has been in production. To be honest the gameplay actually seemed pretty annoying since you apparently just say the same words over and over again the whole time to call your dog bird every 5 seconds.

NovusTerminus877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

@shloobmm3

They have a very surreal style. And it's absolutely amazing. Not for everyone, but this game looks like a very interesting Joyrney.

Septic877d ago

Well it seems like we ARE funding the game as can be seen by his statement regarding the Stretch Goals. If we don't fund the game to facilitate the stretch goals, then that additional content won't be made.

Seems really odd for a mega title like Shenmue to be subject to Kickstarter for development.

Nerdmaster877d ago

@Septic
"Seems really odd for a mega title like Shenmue to be subject to Kickstarter for development."

Considering how much money SEGA lost because of Shenmue, it's really not surprising at all.

kayoss877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Isnt Shenmue a Sega property? I feel like Mr Suzuki is doing this on his own with very little backing from Sega. This is maybe why he started kickstarter. So far, through what i have read. I have heard anyone mentioning Sega at all. But this just me asking questions because im curious. Not making any bold statements or claims. If you do know the answers, i would love to know.

kayoss877d ago

Isnt Shenmue a Sega property? I feel like Mr Suzuki is doing this on his own with very backing from Sega. This is maybe why he started kickstarter. So far, through what i have read. I have heard anyone mentioning Sega at all. But this just me asking questions because im curious. Not making any bold statements or claims. If you do know the answers, i would love to know.

Volkama877d ago

Don't see how this statement refutes anything that has been said previously?

It says that they needed to seek more tradional funding on top of the kickstarter campaign, and that Sony and Shibuya Productions are funding production (as well as marketing and in Sony's case publishing)?

Not trying to provoke the hornet's nest. I just don't see how this statement really changes anything people had already been saying.

Nerdmaster877d ago

@kyaoss
From the Kickstarter page:

Is this game affiliated with SEGA?
SEGA has officially given us the rights to use the "Shenmue 3" license.

ManOfTheYear1877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

How has sony given you all you wanted when NONE have been released?

LMFAO

Shenmue 3 may still not even get done and if it does, is still 2-3 years out.

FF7 remake is a multiplat with no release date

Again I am laughing at The Last Guardian mention, that is still up in the air and may not even get done. Sony just pulled a gameplay footage from the archives 8 years ago to show.

Sony has given you nothing yet you praise them for giving you something? Gee Wizz...

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moldybread878d ago

we get it, sony used its' stage presence to help fund the project while keeping any risk to a bare minimum. that way if it didn't reach 2 million they could say there isn't enough support, no loss. this way they can partner up and keep it ps4/pc.

i imagine even without sony's involvement it would have reached it's goals but sony saw an opportunity and seized it. i don't blame them one bit and to be honest that is where the most sales will come from regardless, the pc and ps4.

the missed opportunity here isn't microsoft, it's nintendo. this would have been a perfect scenario for nintendo to get onboard and release it on their new system.

PistolsAtDawn877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

So then RotTR will stay exclusive? It's practically the exact same deal. It would have been easy here for them to say that it will stay exclusive to PS4/Pc if that was the case...if anything, it seems even more likely that it means it's NOT console exclusive.

It MIGHT stay PS4 exclusive for consoles...but providing "support" isn't strong language.

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TFJWM877d ago

How is it the same deal? MS is publishing ROTTR and marketing it. No where has it been said they are supplying any money for producing the game.

ManOfTheYear1877d ago

Says on the Kickstarter site that Shenmue 3 could also go on other platforms so I still doubt it will be exclusive to PS4.

Not sure what all the fuss is about this game. Neither of the first 2 interested me and it sounds like this one is going to be a serious let down.

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PhoenixUp878d ago

This still won't stop journalists from making inaccurate headlines for click bait

re2_apocalypse878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Of course it won't, Journalists are a bunch of tools. That is why I ignore articles that are clearly click bait; because in no way shape or form do I want to support their site full of garbage and don't care what happens to their career. Good Journalists won't make lies or stupid opinion pieces to incite arguements, etc. For ratings. Bad Journalists will...

MasterCornholio877d ago

I really hate those journalists.

But hey at least there's nothing that they can do to stop this title from being made.

TwoForce878d ago

Time to understand and move on.

TwoForce878d ago

If it is not reach, then Shenmue franchise will stay true to Shenmue Community.

oasdada878d ago

So readers know more about the issue than journalists? Why do we need them again?

Dee_91877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

to keep us mildly entertained.I go on game specific forums and sites like neogaf to get actual gaming news.
It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Sony was there for marketing and publishing, regardless, the situation needed clarifying, and probably thanks to all the crappy articles, the situation got clarified

rainslacker877d ago

Sometimes you can't find the truth until you see the lie.

In this case, no one contributing actually had any problem with the set up, but in order to ruffle feathers and get page hits, the media made up a lie, without taking the time to ask the devs what the deal was, and then continued on with that lie when the details were made perfectly clear by using the....but but but that doesn't actually clarify anything....stance. Fan boys latched on, and we get some scandal of Watergate proportions....even though it was nothing out of the ordinary.

The only real difference in this games funding and any other game is the source of the investments. In this case, part of it is funded by the fans of the game instead of some conglomerate investment group who wouldn't have invested anyways because of the series past sales....as history has already shown.

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