- Jul 11, 2019
It’s definitely a little strange. A Kickstarter for Shenmue 4 probably wouldn’t come close to earning enough money, but a Shenmue the Animation Season 2 Kickstarter could absolutely make two mil. In that respect, it really does seem like the obvious solution if Yu really does want to finish off the story before he retires.
Part of me wonders whether 110 Industries might end up funding a second season of the anime rather than a new game. They’ve already dipped their toes into the anime waters while creating promotional material for Wanted: Dead and have expressed an interest in branching out into other mediums in the past. More importantly, perhaps, and as you rightly point out, Shenmue the Animation seems like a much safer bet (assuming, that is, that they’re able to negotiate a share of the merchandising rights).
Hopefully either Cedric, 110, or YSnet themselves are working behind the scenes to sort this mess out that the WB merger created because if the Shenmue Anime performed better than the Blade Runner IP then leaving it to flounder is a massive, massive mistake.
Lets say the budget for Shenmue III when all is said and done was around 20 million then creating a second anime season with 10% of that budget that appealed to both game and anime fans seems like such a risk free proposition I still can't get my head around it.
Naturally I would like another game, I really would but I also want to see the series finished before I keel over at the same time