There’s not long to go now until Shenmue III is officially declared as successfully funded on Kickstarter. With less than three days until the deadline for contributions passes, Yu Suzuki has provided fans of the series with a new teaser (you can watch it above) to digest in anticipation of the campaign’s successful conclusion.
The Kickstarter page itself has been updated with the following statement:
We have come to the final three days of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter! Your support and encouragement alone have already made this project a huge success. Thank you!!! But we are not finished yet! It is our pleasure to announce the new scene from Shenmue 3! It is still a work in progress, but Yu Suzuki has sent it with loving care and hopes it will be all that the fans of the series have come to love, and will show those new to the game some of the wonder and magic they can expect from the continually unfolding world of Shenmue. Please enjoy!
Obviously, there’s no new gameplay in the teaser – it’s far too early for that – but we do get to see a new-look Ryo and Shenhua approaching a shallow lake that’s abuzz with swarms of lantern bugs.
As of writing, Shenmue III has raised $4,966,910 of its $2m goal. With 59 hours to go, it looks like a sure thing that it will be reaching the $5m stretch goal detailed on the official page.
What are your thoughts on the process so far? Do you think the current amount donated will be enough to create a respectable sequel to the two original games? Let us know in the comments below.