Thanking fans in a new update on the Kickstarter page, Yu Suzuki said that Ys Net has “just started getting into development” on Shenmue 3. As they move forward with the game, he adds, “I will listen to all of you to make Shenmue 3 even better.”
Ending its very successful Kickstarter campaign on July 17, Suzuki talked about the showing of support for Shenmue 3:
Because of you, the backers and the fans, Shenmue 3 set the Guinness record for the fastest game to reach $1 million, past the funding goal of $2 million in just 8 and a half hours, set the record for video games on Kickstarter, and became the 6th most funded project on Kickstarter, collecting $6.33 million.
All of this was accomplished by your efforts. Through the illustrations you drew, the videos you produced, and all that you did throughout the campaign, I could not help but feel the deep love you have for Shenmue.
Even after 14 years have gone by, to see this outpouring of support is something one as a creator can only dream of. There can be no better feeling than what you have given me, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Shenmue 3 is currently scheduled for a December 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PC, with details about funding the game through PayPal expected to be revealed soon.