Sony’s E3 press conference was full of much-anticipated announcements, such as The Last Guardian finally being shown after a six-year absence. But arguably nothing was as long-awaited as the reveal of the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign that immediately broke the crowd-funding website.
It’s been a long strange journey for Yu Suzuki’s open-world action-RPG series that launched on Dreamcast in North America in 2000. The sequel was developed for Dreamcast in 2001 but never released stateside, as Sega’s console died an early death. It was released the following year as an original Xbox exclusive, and fans have been waiting for the conclusion to main character Ryo Hazuki’s journey ever since.
They’ll finally have their chance if the game reaches its $2 million dollar goal in the next 31 days. An hour after the announcement, the game was already more than a third of the way there, so Shenmue III could very well shatter Kickstarter records on the way to its seemingly inevitable funding.