Shenmue III Kickstarter: Past, present and future
2015-06-16 Yu Suzuki launches a Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III at the Sony press conference at E3 in Los Angeles. The funding goal of $2 000 000 is reached within the record time of 9 hours, after temporarily overloading Kickstarter.
2015-06-17 The backer total exceeds $3 000 000, effectively securing several stretch goals: Shenmue 1&2 Cinema Shorts and subtitles in German, French, Spanish and Italian.
2015-06-18 The backer total exceeds $3 200 000, securing stretch goal: Rapport System.
2015-06-19 “Jacket day” – A new $3000 tier is introduced, boosting the daily pledge total significantly.
2015-06-20 Yu Suzuki does an AMA at Reddit.
2015-06-21 Backer total exceeds $3 500 000, stretch goal: Skill Tree System.
2015-06-20 Yu Suzuki will be on Twitch discussing the campaign.
2015-07-03 Shenmuedojo campaign #30onthe3rd. Seganerds Nerdcast feat. Shenmue I&II voice actors Corey Marshall, Eric Kelso, and Lisle Wilkerson. Shenmue II speedrun on European Speedster Assembly, scheduled at 7:10 am cet.
2015-07-18 Kickstarter end.
2015-07-27 Shenmue II is being speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick 2015!
2000 Shenmue launches on the Sega Dreamcast in EU and NA.
2001 Shenmue II launches on the Sega Dreamcast in EU.
2002 Shenmue II launches on the Xbox in NA (EU the year after).
2015 Yu Suzuki launches a Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III at the Sony press conference at E3 in Los Angeles. The funding goal is reached within hours, securing the continuity of the franchise on PC and Playstation 4.
2017 Shenmue III is scheduled to launch in December for PC and Playstation 4.