The Kickstarter campaign was launched during Sony’s E3 conference, with an initial goal of $2 million. That target was smashed earlier, with the total raised at time of writing sitting at over $2.75 million.
This means the game will be getting a release on PC and PS4, with a FAQ section of the campaign page stating that “Other platforms have not been decided yet.” So there could possibly be a version on Wii U and Xbox One. The Kickstarter is offering a physical or digital copy on PC, with only a digital version offered for the PS4.
The game promises to have familiar elements from the previous games in the series along with new fight mechanics.
After being given the go ahead by SEGA, Monaco based company Shibuya Productions will be developing the game with help from a number of members of the original Shenmue team.
The stretch goals currently go up to $4 million. At the moment it is making its way through subtitles in different languages, with Dutch and French already reached and Spanish subtitles on the horizon.
After these, at $3.2 million a rapport system will be added, $3.5 will see a skill tree system included and the current top target of $4 million will see the Baisha Village area expanded, and the addition of 5 new mini games. Should it come close to this target, expect more tiers to be added.
A tentative release date of December 2017 is currently in place, although obviously it is subject to change.
The Kickstarter is due to close on the 18th July.
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