Kickstarter is a great launching program, whenever you feel like the good ideas you have are worth spreading, sharing and investment. If you are one of those able to envision a future based on a single root of an idea, then Kickstarter is the place for you. There are many successful examples of businesses that timidly started on the platform and saw the privileged light of international acclaim.
Shenmue 3 is a most relevant example in the gaming business. It is actually the most successful gaming Kickstarter in the site’s history, reaching the $5 million threshold on Friday, with less than 12 hours to go before its deadline.
The game was previously developed by the recent Kickstarter for the Castlevania Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Shenmue 3 is a sequel of a classic game, a sign that players have had enough of contemporary approaches on gaming and turn their eyes and minds back to a past where gaming had more strength, value and complexity. The most popular Kickstarter video games show what an extremely powerful role nostalgia has played in the largest crowdfunding successes by now.
Shenmue 3 has presently reached a peak but still has a long way to go, up until it reaches the daring budget for investment set at $11 million. The game has a pretty large list of stretch goals to reach but the start is more than promising.
The game is an open-world action adventure, and is the most promising sequel of the saga of Ryo Hazuki on his way to become a martial arts expert and avenge the murder of his father. The successful starting story of this game surpasses the previous record reached by Castlevania, which managed to reach $5.55 million.
Shenmue is old gold already in the gaming industry. The original Shenmue series dates back from 1999, when it was first released for Sega’s Dreamcast console. Its successful story was based on a very original approach, defined by an unprecedented amount of depth and simulation. The main character was placed in a universe with a day/night cycle, changing weather and NPC’s with exclusive schedules. Back then, Shenmue was the most expensive game ever to be produced but unfortunately it didn’t manage to recover all the investments, despite critics commenting on its revolutionary attribute to the entire gaming industry.
However, Shenmue 3 is the greatest gaming success on Kickstarter to date, so it seems that there is a compensation for a shaky past. Gamers all around the world have missed the taste of quality when it comes to spending time in a fantastic alternative reality.
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