After the reveal of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter during Sony’s E3 press conference this year, it was revealed that Kickstarter wouldnt be the only place Ys Net would be getting money for the game, Sony would be providing funds too. This caused quite a bit of unrest within the gaming community. Many people considered the newly started Kickstarter to be a sham and postulated that all of the money from the Kickstarter would be going to Sony instead of Ys Net, Shenmue 3’s developer.

The speculation became so rampant that Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki took to the game’s official Kickstarter page to let everyone know exactly what will be happening with the funds raised via Kickstarter.

Sony and Shibuya Productions have been wonderful partners because they believe in Shenmue and want to see the best for the fans and the game. Their investment in (and support of) Shenmue have helped to realize a sequel that will stand proud with its predecessors. While it is not business practice to discuss the specific details of such arrangements, I can say that with their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development. It is also important to note that your funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3 – Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars.

I think that statement makes it pretty clear that all of your Kickstarter funds will be going directly to Ys Net for development and internal needs, not to Sony or Shibuya Productions.

Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter is currently sitting at about 3.6 million dollars, well over its goal of 2 million dollars, with 22 days left in the campaign.

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