At Sony’s E3 press conference earlier tonight, Yu Suzuki, the creative mind behind the original Shenmue games, took the stage and surprised everybody with the announcement that Shenmue III is on its way for PlayStation 4, under the condition that it is funded by the fans.
For a series that hasn’t seen a release in over a decade, the response was unprecedented.
Crashing Kickstarter’s servers and seeing an increase that went into the hundreds of thousands within minutes, it was a massive event that nobody saw coming.
Going up at 9:51PM EST, the funding for
Shenmue III has raised over one million dollars in just over an hour and a half, completely obliterating the previous record set by Playtonic Games’ upcoming platformer Yooka-Laylee, which was set in six hours.
Source: Shenmue III Kickstarter