Shenmue and its sequel cost around $70 million to make — an incredible figure when you consider that Sega was on the ropes when it bankrolled them. Unsurprisingly, the death of the Dreamcast — combined with Sega's gradual shift from developer to publisher — has put Shenmue 3 on the back-burner. However, creator Yu Suzuki has revealed at GDC 2014 that fans might not have to wait that much longer for the next instalment in the franchise.
Speaking at a Shenmue post-mortem during the event, Suzuki — who also created arcade hits like After Burner, Space Harrier and Virtua Fighter — said that he would like to make Shenmue 3 with the "right opportunity". When asked if he'd considered using Kickstarter, he replied:
Yes. I am researching it.
When pressed for further details, Suzuki refused to say for sure if the crowdfunding campaign for definitely happen, and reiterated that he was merely looking into the prospect of bringing the game to Kickstarter at the moment. He also couldn't say what he was working on with his new studio ys.net, but did confirm that a project is in the works:
Just now, I don't have anything I can say yet. I can't announce right now - but I'm making something.
Would you back a Kickstarter campaign for the next Shenmue, or do you think that such a project would be so expensive that it couldn't be made via crowdfunding? Do you know where I can find some sailors? Did you happen to see a black car that day?