Apparently unsatisfied with the $US6.3 ($8.71) million pittance it brought in via Kickstarter for Shenmue 3, developer YS NET launched a second “Slacker Backer” funding round via PayPal. While nowhere near as successful as the original campaign, it pulled in another $US846,000 ($1,169,000), bringing the final war chest to a mighty US$7.17 ($9.91) million.
Closing earlier this month, the Slacker Backer campaign was effectively a continuation of the Kickstarter, allowing those who missed out to snag a similar set of rewards.
The goal of the additional campaign wasn’t to gather necessary funds — the Kickstarter destroyed its $US2 ($2.76) million target — but to “make the game even bigger and deeper” via stretch goals:
While the full game will be completed as promised with the use of the funding collected on Kickstarter, any additional funding collected here will go towards reaching the Stretch Goals to make the game even bigger and deeper.
The three month window was set to allow a long enough time to for everyone who wants to support Shenmue III to do so, but short enough to keep the release date on track.
It’s safe to say YS NET has all the coin it needs to make Shenmue 3 happen. The big question now is whether or not it’ll hit the August 2019 release date, especially considering it’s already experienced several delays.