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Yu Suzuki takes to Kickstarter to fund development of Shenmue 3

Unexpectedly, Yu Suzuki briefly took the stage during Sony's E3 press conference this evening to announce that he's launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of Shenmue 3.

Unexpectedly, veteran game designer Yu Suzuki briefly took the stage during Sony's E3 press conference this evening to announce that he's launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of Shenmue 3.

This is notable because, quite frankly, the public outcry for a new entry in the Shenmue franchise has grown so loud as to actually impinge on Suzuki's career; despite working on a variety of influential titles at Sega, he has faced a rising volume of questions along the lines of "when will you make Shenmue 3?" since shortly after releasing Shenmue on Dreamcast (and, later, the original Xbox) in 2001.

Thing is, he led development of Shenmue and Shenmue 2 while working at Sega; it's yet unclear why he appeared at Sony's press conference to announce a crowdfunding campaign for the third main entry in the franchise, rather than relying solely on a funding arrangement with a major publisher -- like, say, Sony or Sega.

It's worth noting that Suzuki appeared at GDC 2014 to deliver a postmortem of his work creating the original Shenmuein interviews conducted during that conference, he acknowledged that he was looking into Kickstarter as a way to fund Shenmue 3.

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