Barely an hour after revealing that The Last Guardian is still a real game, and mere minutes after gamer minds were lost at the news of a Final Fantasy VII remake, Sony had one final fanboy present to offer. Yes, the long awaited third entry in the Shenmue series was announced, and by the game’s creator Yu Suzuki no less. 14 years after Shenmue 2, Shenmue 3 is a reality.
So, what’s the catch? Well, part of the reveal is that the game will be funded through Kickstarter. “The fate of Shenmu is in your hands now,” says Suzuki at the end of the nostalgic announcement video. He then appeared onstage with Sony’s Adam Boyes to countdown the start of the Kickstarter campaign.
As of this writing, the game already has 905 backers, and over $85,000 of its $2,000,000 goal. You can visit the Kickstarter page yourself. If you’ve got over $10,000 kicking around, you can be one of 3 backers allowed to bring a friend with them on a dinner date with Yu-san himself.
The Kickstarter ends July 17th, and backer delivery dates suggest the game is targeting a late 2017 release window. In the meantime, you can view the announcement video for Shenmue 3 above.