Sony won’t be getting a piece of Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter money

shenmue 3

With Sony helping with the announcement of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign during the Sony E3 Briefing, many wondered what was the extent of the partnership. Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki took it to the Kickstarter page to make things more clear about Sony’s involvement. Sony will be aiding with production, marketing and publishing. That leaves more of the Kickstarter money being used to actually develop the upcoming game.

Suzuki apologized to the backers about not being able to answer questions before. He said that the Kickstarter campaign was the meat of the reason why Shenmue 3 is a possibility.

“Sony and Shibuya Productions have been wonderful partners because they believe in Shenmue and want to see the best for the fans and the game,” Suzuki said. “Their investment in (and support of) Shenmue have helped to realise a sequel that will stand proud with its predecessors.”

“I can say that with their assistance Ys Net is able to use more of the money purely for Shenmue 3’s development”

“While it is not business practice to discuss the specific details of such arrangements, I can say that with their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development.”

Suzuki makes it clear that Sony and Shibuya are, “not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars.”

Sony’s director of third-party production Gio Corsi had this to say about their involvement: “Sony and PlayStation is definitely a partner in this game, and it’s going be run through Third-Party Production. We’re going to help Ys Net [Suzuki’s studio] get the game done. We’re going to be partners on it the whole way.”

The Shenmue 3 campaign has now raised over $3.6 million, and it still has 22 more days.

For those complaining about Sony’s involvement, I say it’s a good thing. The Kickstarter campaign is a great way to raise awareness while also raising funds to help develop the game. With Sony backing the game, it will be able to pour more resources for an even bigger game. With the first Shenmue game costing $47 million to make for the Dreamcast, you’re telling me the Kickstarter funds will be enough to make a Shenmue 3 game for the new generation? Please.

Facebook Comments

About author