Steve Lycett wants Shenmue 3 funded by Kickstarter

Steve Lycett wants Shenmue 3 funded by Kickstarter

by May 5, 2012

“That would be very interesting”

Kickstarter is a pretty hot-button issue right now after Tim Schafer and his Double Fine Productions studio made waves by asking for $400,000 to make a small independent game and ended up receiving over $3,000,000 in money pledged by fans. Since then, a number of other high-profile (but still small-scale) developers have followed in their example, such as the Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter and one for a sequel to the Fallout progenitor, “Wasteland”.

Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine UK, Steve Lycett of Sumo Digital fame (makers of many of the fine Sega All-Stars games) reveals he is not only a fan of the service, but would like to see Yu Suzuki try his hand at funding the long-awaited Shenmue 3 via the site.

“I’m going to say this now,” [Lycett] continued, “and feel free to print this because this’ll be a hilarious one that Sega will have to worry about, but I don’t know why Yu Suzuki doesn’t put Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter. That would be a very interesting thing to watch.”

“I’d put money on that!” chipped in fellow Sumo man Gareth Wilson, formerly of much-missed Bizarre Creations.

Keep in mind that Shenmue was one of the most expensive games of its era; a project that was in the works for nearly five or six years prior to finally getting released on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. Unless the game itself was massively scaled back in scope, Shenmue 3 would need more than ten times the donations received by Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure.

Do you think it could do it? Would you donate to a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter? Tell us in the comments.