Shenmue 3 May Sacrifice “Gorgeous” Visuals For Better Story

Shenmue III is in the early stages of development, and series creator Yu Suzuki is starting to realize how to make the game work with the money received through the game’s Kickstarter campaign.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Suzuki said the following:

“I could do with a bit more money! The game itself doesn’t have to be gorgeous visually – a lot of the money these days goes into the graphics. If we perhaps compromise on the graphics and put more into the story, we can make a good game. The most important thing, to me, is that the game’s interesting, and that it’s something people want to play.”

Honestly, this wouldn’t be a huge deal to me, because gameplay and story are what matter most. If Susuki can deliver something that’s a blast to play that sucks you into its story then I’m all good.

Shenmue III Gets PayPal “Slacker Backer” Campaign

Shenmue III was a record-breaking game on Kickstarter, becoming the most-funded video game to ever be hosted on the platform. However, there were some people who were unable to back the project due to it not being compatible with PayPal payments.

Well, that has now been remedied. Yu Susuki and his team have posted a new update on Kickstarter that they are calling the “Slacker Backer” period. Fans will have until December 31st to back the game through PayPal, which will be put towards reaching more of the games stretch goals. However, they are being strict with this period of donations as they do not want it to effect the game’s release date.

You can check out the game’s Slacker Backer campaign right here and pledge if you so desire. The game has currently raised $6,333,295 with 69,320 backers and 105 days left.

Shenmue III Is Now The Most Funded Video Game Kickstarter Ever

As expected, the pledges for Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter campaign have been pouring in as it’s now within its final hours. However, it has just crossed a major milestone by becoming the most funded video game Kickstarter campaign ever.


The previous record holder was Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which had its record-breaking campaign earlier this year by raising $5,545,991 . Shenmue III‘s campaign still has 12 hours to go and sits at $5,570,025 as of this writing, so who knows where it will eventually end up.

You can check out the game’s Kickstarter campaign right here and consider pledging to help make Shenmue III the best game it can be.

Retail Release For Shenmue III Might Not Happen

Shenmue III is in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign, breaking records left and right. While the campaign now offers backers both digital and physical copies of the game, the same situation might not happen on the retail level.

VG247 contacted developer Ys Net regarding whether or not Shenmue III would be on store shelves, to which they replied with the following:

“Whether Shenmue 3 will be available for retail or not is currently unconfirmed.”

This uncertainty of a physical release will definitely turn a few heads for those who prefer physical copies of their games, because pledging $60 for the game’s campaign may be the only way to get one. You can click right here to check out the game’s campaign and consider pledging while you still can to ensure you can get the game physically.

Shenmue III Gets New Lake Of The Lantern Bugs Trailer

The Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign is coming to a close as it currently sits around the $5 million mark, and now a new trailer has been added to the game’s update page. The trailer still isn’t indicative of what the game will look like due to the game still being very early in development, but Ys Net is hoping it captures the wonder and magic the series typicaly has.

This video definitely has the feel of Shenmue, even if the look still isn’t perfect yet. Check out the game’s Kickstarter campaign by clicking right here and consider pledging

Watch New Teaser Trailer For Shenmue Documentary

A documentary on the Shenmue series called A Gamer’s Journey: The Definitive History of Shenmue has been in the works for some time now, but now you can check out a teaser trailer for it.

This film actually began production before the huge announcement of Shenmue III at this year’s E3, so it’s great that they’ll be able to add that the story will finally continue after 15 years of the series being dormant. Check out the teaser trailer below.

As for Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter campaign, the campaign has picked up speed lately as it now sits at around $4,360,000 with 11 days to go. Check out the campaign by clicking right here and consider pledging to help make it be as good as it can possibly be.

As a long-time Shenmue fan this documentary teaser gave me goosebumps from describing how special both games were when they released, to the many years of waiting with no news on a continuation and all the way to the recent announcement that it will finally continue. This is a very special time for fans of the series, and probably something that new fans can’t quite grasp without having played the games in their time when they were so groundbreaking.

Physical PlayStation 4 Copies Of Shenmue III Added To Game’s Kickstarter Rewards

For whatever reason the people behind Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter decided to have physical copies as a reward for backing the game for PC… but not PlayStation 4. It’s a move that never made any kind of sense to me, especially considering how much more digitally-leaning the PC crowd is compared to the console crowd. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to be physical for PlayStation 4 and digital for PC? Ah well.

Regardless, now we get the best of both worlds as a new update on Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter campaign has revealed that they have finally added a physical copy of the game as a reward for pledging $60. This combined with the fan-made $30 on the 3rd campaign has definitely helped the game’s Kickstarter, as it has jumped a few hundred thousand dollars when it had been averaging around just $10,000.

I know that $10,000 a day is nothing to sneeze at, but for a game as big as Shenmue III and the knowledge that several more millions would be needed to make the game as good as it can be… it’s a drop in the bucket. Still, things have picked up and it looks like the game will at least be able to hit the $5 million mark. This mark is, in my opinion, the most important one as it will be adding a brand new gameplay mechanic to the game, whereas most of the goals beyond that are focused on expanding the game’s areas.

You can check out Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter campaign by clicking right here and scroll down to see the placeholder box art for the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The boxart includes the updated models of both Ryo and Shenhua and, in my opinion, Shenhua looks a lot better. Ryo on the other hand…