Monday, 5 October 2015

Shenmue's Return- More After 3?

Yu Suzuki, designer and director from Sega classics like Virtua Fighter and Out Run had not been in the business of making big video games for quite some time- nearly 15 years actually. He made his return in the biggest way possible however, by announcing Shenmue 3, which, as most of the internet probably already knows, is the greatly anticipated sequel to the second Shenmue (Obviously)

Shenmue 3's Kickstarter, announced at Sony's e3 press conference this year, has been a huge success, garnering $1 million in 102 minutes of going live, and gaining $6.3 million by the end, setting records for fastest-to-a-million and highest funded project.

Some fans are concerned though. The original games had huge production budgets, stretching to high 60-70$ million. Could Shenmue 3 reach their expectations with relatively limited resources compared to previous iterations?

According to this interview by Eurogamer, he "could do with a bit more money!" i.e. he somewhat agrees with what people have to say. In addition to that- he wants to make more! In a Reddit AMA  "Over the past 14 years I originally planned for there to be four or five games to the series. If at all possible, I would still like to realize the full story of 11 chapters." So expect more.

Suzuki states that they'd get it out for Christmas 2017, and are currently working towards that. Will it live up to the hype, and will it be able to compete with the triple-A titans that exist nowadays? Who knows, we'll have to wait til next-next year (and maybe longer)!

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