Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Releases Video Near Campaign’s End

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When the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter was announced during Sony’s press conference at E3 2015, fan pledges were coming in so hot that it slowed the website down to a broken crawl. Since then, however, support has slowed down, with a sizeable amount of funds that only half meets creator Yu Suzuki’s ultimate dream for the scope of the finished game. In order to revitalize pledges with 57 hours left in the Kickstarter campaign (as of press time), Ys Net has released a new short in-engine trailer for Shenmue 3, highlighting Ryo and Shenhua at the Lake of the Lantern Bugs.

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The game scenes are still in development (as expected for a game 2-3 years away from a release), so there’s not much to describe. It opens with that classic Shenmue style of music that series fans are familiar with, showing a close up of Ryo at a bug or two crosses his face. A huge burst of light comes to his right, as a huge gathering of lantern bugs swarm to Shenhua. For some inexplicable reason, the camera then pans and zooms right at her rear end, aims upward towards the starry heavens, then ends with Ryo and Shenhua standing side by side in awe of the majesty of their surroundings.

There’s only two basic points that necessitate this Shenmue 3 gameplay footage. The first is that Ys Net wants to illustrate the kind of simple beauty that the development team is capable of crafting. The second, more important reason, is that they need to show something interesting to generate widespread interest in the project so that people who might have forgot about the Kickstarter campaign outside of E3 can learn about what they have to offer. Such things include, essentially, $60 pre-orders of physical PS4 copies, as well as exorbitant pledges around the $6,000 to become an NPC.


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