Shenmue creator, Yu Suzuki, says he needs $10 million to make the third installment truly open world.
Speaking to fans on Reddit, Suzuki said that he would be able to do so much more if more funds were included. “I will say this: if we reach the $5 mil mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality. At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.”
As far as Sony’s involvement, helping the development of the project is a bit complicated. In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida said “I cannot talk about the specifics of the deal, but I can talk about the set-up,” he said. “It’s the third-party relations team’s work. They’ve been supporting many indie developers – you’ve seen Adam Boyes or Shahid Ahmad showcasing indie developers over the last few years. When the third party relations team identifies some great indie game being developed they strike a deal so it comes on PlayStation first on console, or something like that.
“There’s a variety of ways of support, including financial support. When the game’s not being funded at that point, the developer has to come up with some funding themselves, for third party relations team to help – because third party relations is third party relations – if we fund the project then it’s first party!” Yoshida continued “It’s my job! There’s a great difference. If Suzuki’s Kickstarter is successful [and very quickly after our conversation it was], SCEA will add funding and other support.”
Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter campaign surpassed its funding goal of $2 million and is presently at $3.5 million. When the game does release, it will launch on PlayStation 4 and PC.