Shenmue 3's development is also being funded by Sony

Shenmue 3 concept

The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter blew past its $2 million goal in less than 24 hours, and is currently sitting at more than $3 million in backing, with a full month left in the campaign. That's impressive by any measure. But how, you may wonder, can a proper Shenmue game be built on a $2 million budget? After all, creator Yu Suzuki told Destructoid in 2011 that the original Shenmue cost $47 million to make, and that was 16 years ago.

The answer really isn't all that surprising: Sony is footing most of the bill. There's no mention of it in the Kickstarter campaign page, but Gio Corsi, Sony's director of third party production and developer relations, revealed the company's involvement on the PlayStation E3 Experience (via Kotaku) when he said, "We hit our goal in under 24 hours"—the noteworthy part of that statement being, "We."

"Sony and PlayStation is definitely a partner in this game, and it’s going to be run through third-party production," he explained. "We’re going to help Ys Net get the game done, we’re going to be partners on it the whole way, and [we're] really excited to see this thing come out in a couple of years."

There's no word on what the final budget will be, but given this level of success, I wouldn't be surprised to see big-publisher crowdfunding campaigns like this one become much more common in the future. The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter runs until July 17.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.