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Why I'm not happy about the Shenmue III Kickstarter

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Bloodstained is doing the same thing. The majority of it will not be funded by the Kickstarter money.

It may be a prerequisite that the actual main investors demand to see that it garners the interest warranted in taking the risk of funding the game. Because let's face it, they are considered risks, or they would have been made a long time ago.



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yeah, I thought it was shady, happy shenmue III is finally happening but, I can totally see this turning into a trend. The rich get richer.



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Hiku said:
Bloodstained is doing the same thing. The majority of it will not be funded by the Kickstarter money.

It may be a prerequisite that the actual main investors demand to see that it garners the interest warranted in taking the risk of funding the game. Because let's face it, they are considered risks, or they would have been made a long time ago.

but it is known that Sony, MS and Nintendo didn't backed them up upfront.  hence a kickstarter happened.  it is somewhat different with the Shenmue scenario.



I think its bad for the smaller kickstarter projects who need and deserve the money more then an AAA ip.. drains the money and exposere from them..



 

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This kickstarter ignited the Shenmue flame like nothing else.



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Curmudgeon said:

Let me start by saying that I've played the first game in the series back in the day and I thought it was really good. A Shenmue 3 announcement therefore was a welcome surprise to me. However, I'm a bit bothered by the Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is platform that, in my opinion, should be used as a funding platform. People have this great concept, but lack the money to make it a reality. The way I see it when talking about games, is that it is a way for indie/small developers to gather the funds required to make their game.

Enter Shenmue III. A big megaton sequel to a very expensive game. Obviously backed by gaming giant Sony who most likely have or will pay a large part of the development costs with it being exclusive. And they can easily afford it. So why the kickstarter, if funding won't be the problem? (we all know the game will cost much more then 2 million anyway)

It seems like they are abusing Kickstarter as a marketing tool, and to test public interest. People are not funding a game, it more like they are funding the marketing of a hugely anticipated game supported by one of the biggest gaming companies around, and persuaded into ****** preorders because they want the game to be 'funded'. It seems gaming is moving towards a system of paying up front and hoping for the best when the game releases, some weird market mechanic in which we increasingly buy games based purely on promises instead of results. Somewhat understandable in the case of projects that would have no possibility of being made without those resources, but it worries me that the bigger and bigger players seem to join. What next, kickstarters for God of War and Metroid?  

Maybe you guys think I'm paranoid or maybe you're too just happy about Shenmue III, but I don't see this as a healthy development in the game industry. At least not for gamers.


 They were actually smart to do this. Its a huge risk to fund such a niche game like Shen Mue yourself without it yeilding results. The Kickstarter is helping them gauge intrest as well as make it a reality. Perhaps they will meet us half way if we show interest.



I agree with the OP. This is a slippery slippery slope. This is pretty exploitive of the fandom behind a game that has had a huge following for years.

What makes me uneasy is that clearly someone thinks this is a sound investment because they wouldn't have received the license to begin with from Sega if that weren't the case.

Guys i love the game but remember your dollars speak to these guys, so choose what youbsay carefully.



I'm happy Sony isn't funding it (at least not entirely) because I can then play the PC version. Also I consider kick-starter more like pre-buying than funding.



It did seem weird. It's not something I'd like to see at a official E3 conference. Maybe they could have mentioned it later after the conference was done, but begging people for many for a third party game is not something I like or support.



    

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I think Sony or whoever else that is actually funding this game were apprehensive about whether the fanbase was actually there for such an old franchise and it wasn't just a vocal minority.

The record-breaking kickstarter should put those worries to the rest. I think this may actually be a viable way of putting out classics and innovative experiences that publishers may be apprehensive about backing. Big games like Call of Duty won't need kickstarter because publishers know they'll sell. This is more of just people pre-ordering the game way in advance, which is risky but sometimes necessary for these niche games that would otherwise not be made.