Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series, was recently featured in a Reddit AMA. One of the big questions fans had for the guy was just how much he really needs to make a current-gen sequel to this. The original game cost $47 million.
“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,” Suzuki replied. “At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.”
So there you have it, Suzuki needs 10 million. But he’s likely just talking in crowdfunding terms. There are other sources of income involved which he’s been more vague about. When asked for clarification on the budget issue, Suzuki told Polygon “For right now, all I can tell you is that YS Net has been looking at other sources of funding and we’re preparing other sources of funding, so for the Shenmue 3 project it will be what we can source from outside plus the Kickstarter. But for right now that’s all we can say.”
Polygon probed further, but Suzuki remained vague in his answer. “I really can’t get into that, but there are other sources of funding that will be put together with the Kickstarter. … I can’t get into specifics, but for right now I just want to keep the comment that yes, I have funding sources outside Kickstarter that I collected through my company YS Net, and that will combine with the Kickstarter for this project.” From the way he’s talking, it sounds like not all the deals he needs are in place yet, or else he could legally speak about them.
Right now the Shenmue Kickstarter has slowed at the 3.5 million mark. Only 25 people have purchased three thousand dollar jackets so far.