Shenmue III’s Kickstarter broke some records when it went up earning over $6.3 million in donations. Series creator While that’s no small amount of money, series creator Yu Suzuki admits that a bit more money would help.
“Kickstarter’s not the only source of money. There’s also funding from Sony and Shibuya Productions,” Suzuki told Eurogamer in an interview at Tokyo Game Show. “Before we started Kickstarter, we had goals set around the budget – so if we only got $6 million, we’d create Shenmue 3 based upon what we could do with that $6 million.
“We’re still trying to gather funds. Obviously, the more money we have the more we can do. Even if we don’t get as much budget as the previous games, we’ll still make this game.”
Suzuki explained that it’s possible to make the game with the current funds he has now however compromises would have to be made to stay on budget. Keep in mind most video games backed by a major studio go over their budget. Suzuki doesn’t have that luxury when he has a fixed amount of money to work with.
“I could do with a bit more money!” he added. “The game itself doesn’t have to be gorgeous visually – a lot of the money these days goes into the graphics. If we perhaps compromise on the graphics and put more into the story, we can make a good game. The most important thing, to me, is that the game’s interesting, and that it’s something people want to play.”
One thing I have to respect here is Suzuki’s willingness to cut graphics before content. Too many times we see games these days that look stunning but fall flat on depth. No matter if Shenume 3 gets more funding or not, the game is happening.