Speaking with Eurogamer, Suzuki explained that Kickstarter and PayPal are not the only two sources of funding for Shenmue 3, as the game is also being backed financially by Sony and Shibuya Productions.
Kickstarter’s not the only source of money, there’s also funding from Sony and Shibuya Productions. Before we started Kickstarter, we had goals set around the budget – so if we only got $6 million, we’d create Shenmue 3 based upon what we could do with that $6 million.
We’re still trying to gather funds. Obviously, the more money we have the more we can do. Even if we don’t get as much budget as the previous games, we’ll still make this game.
However, Suzuki said that he would still like more money so that he can get the graphics to where he wants them to be.
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.
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