With all that's happened this year, it can be hard to remember all of the incredible announcements and releases that have been peppered throughout 2015. It's been a remarkable year for Video Games, and we'd love to hear what your favorite release was in the comments below (Bloodborne for me).
But one of the biggest announcements of 2015 came out of this year's E3 exhibition, where Sony announced during their conference that Shenmue 3 was going to get a release date. Well, provided that it made enough money that is. Shenmue 3 was announced with a Kickstarter campaign - one that needed 2 million dollars in order to bring the game to life. But there were other monetary targets that Yu Suzuki referenced.
Can Shenmue 3 Become A True Open World Game On Its Release Date?
Seeing as there's been a release date lull as of late, and everyone has been talking about the new footage of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, we couldn't help but ponder on the future of the other game that shared the stage with it. Shenmue 3 is the most successful video game campaign Kickstarter has ever seen. It hit its initial target of $2 million in a matter of hours. But there were other milestones for Shenmue 3 to hit.
"I will say this: if we reach the $5 mil mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality," Suzuki wrote during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. "At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world."
Now, for a modern AAA title $10 million is very little. Assumedly, the publishers of Shenmue 3 wanted to ensure that the title would actually sell. Therefore, in order to ensure a disaster was averted, they had Suzuki launch a kickstarter campaign during the biggest game's expo in the world. If it received enough money, perhaps the publishers would then be content to give the game all of the additional funds it required.
But they clearly wanted to see how much money they needed to invest in Shenmue 3. If the title was one of the most ambitious open world games of all time and failed to sell on release date, the series would have been hit with another disaster. Therefore, seeing as the Shenmue 3 campaign finished with $6.3 million, there's only so much Suzuki and his team can accomplish with this sequel.
"I could do with a bit more money! 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." - Suzuki
It seems that Shenmue 3 isn't going to be the ultimate open world game that it could potentially be, however, that doesn't mean that it can't dazzle us on its release date. Do you have faith that Suzuki can deliver an exceptional open world game? Are you fine with the game being lower in graphical quality? Let us know in the comments!