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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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69,320 backers pledged $6,333,295 to help bring this project to life.

One more chance to make history with Shenmue III!

Hello Everyone,  

Thanks to your support, Shenmue III became the most funded video game on Kickstarter with 69,320 people helping to bring back the Shenmue series back to life. However, there are so many people told us they could not pledge on Kickstarter, or could not make the deadline, and have asked for a PayPal page for another opportunity to contribute to Shenmue III. So here we go! 

The Slacker Backer period will continue through December 31st. While the full game will be completed as promised with the use of the funding collected on Kickstarter, any additional funding collected here will go towards reaching the Stretch Goals to make the game even bigger and deeper.The three month window was set to allow a long enough time to for everyone who wants to support Shenmue III to do so, but short enough to keep the release date on track. 

The PayPal page will feature a selection of rewards from the Kickstarter campaign including the Trial Version and the Collector’s Edition. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you still have a chance to be part of the Shenmue legacy!

Surveys, add-ons and upgrades 

Surveys are not quite ready yet, but they will be going out during this Slacker Backer campaign. Once the survey system is up and running, add-ons and upgrades will be available for existing Kickstarter backers. We will of course keep you posted here on the Updates page with all the developments.

PayPal Slacker Backer Site is now open!
PayPal Slacker Backer Site is now open!


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    1. Missing avatar

      bbkobdtg on

      a response to an email I sent requesting the crystal memories sculpture be available as a stand-alone reward:
      "Thank you very much for contacting us.

      We do not have an option to add the rewards seperately yet but we can look
      into this option.

      We will review your request and let you know if there is anything we can do
      for you.

      Thank you very much for your support and for saving Shenmue,

      Best regards,

      Oscar &
      The Shenmue 3 team"

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      Mundus on

      So is there any way to upgrade your old pledge? Since i really want a physical copy of the PS4 version.

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      bbkobdtg on

      Hurray for PayPal fruition. As has been asked, an option to custom donate w/o rewards would be good for those who already backed on KS and just want to contribute to those stretch goals. Also, splitting up the bundle rewards would be good for people who already got a KS bundle and would like just the crystal sculpture, or capsule toys for example. Anway, good news and hopefully we will see an even better Shenmue III because of this.

    4. Polad Aghayev on

      can i increase my kickstater pldge with paypal and gen physical PS4 copy ? or i must back it again ?

    5. Trong on

      Surveys, add-ons and upgrades
      Surveys are not quite ready yet, but they will be going out during this Slacker Backer campaign. Once the survey system is up and running, add-ons and upgrades will be available for existing Kickstarter backers. We will of course keep you posted here on the Updates page with all the developments.

    6. Ari Tomi Stenberg on

      Wondering same as above since i was targeting 600 tier to get own text in game.

    7. Ralph Mancini on

      Any way we can upgrade our pledges from our kickstarter to paypal? Thanks.

    8. Loneck on

      @Ghost of Tom 'Skairkroh' Bule: Good thx for info. So now we need to wait :)

    9. Chad on

      Got to get the paypal option known to the masses!

    10. SilverbackSi on

      I probably won't give as much this time, just enough to get the PS4 copy as well as PC copy.

    11. Chris on

      Good thing about the PayPal, Trolls have to have alot of money to be able to troll now.

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      Larvagator on

      Donated for the 3rd time =)
      Thumbs up! Now let's reach all those stretch goals :)

    13. Winson on

      @Wombat If you're talking about the original jacket and watch being sold again, then they weren't actually sold last time on kickstarter. Some troll cancelled his pledge on either one at the end, so no legit person could get it.

    14. Shane on

      Please consider putting an add-on option on the Survey for all 4 Capsule Toys.This would be a great way to get additional funding for Shenmue III.

    15. Mario Mora on

      As someone who was having some financial troubles during the initial offering of this, thank you. Thank you for giving a lot of us more time to get our act together, and help get onboard. :)

    16. paul agnew on

      Time to break my thumbs pleadging and tweeting

    17. Wombat on

      With all due respect, during the campaign there were various "exclusive to Kickstarter" items, and now to my surprise they are also being offered during the "Slacker Backer Campaign". I'm all for seeing this project getting additional funds, but it's not ok to keep on selling items which were marketed as "exclusive to Kickstarter" outside of Kickstarter.

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      Wai Yan Chan on

      With so many projects in KS being delayed I hope Master Yu Suzuki will deliver ! Want to suggest to finish basic game first and maybe the rest with PSN updates instead of making a "perfect" game.

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      Vasu Chetty on

      Time for an Xbox One version?

    20. Dannielle Tinder on

      I'm glad you guys final threw this up here, was starting to worry, lol....but....WHERE ARE MY INDIVIDUAL CAPSULE TOYS????? Y U NO LIKE ME??

      I said I'd pay 20-30 per toy, and I meant it. =) Anyway, glad to see you're ready to go here.

    21. Eugenia Santos on


    22. Ali Atiah Almalki on

      Now the real funding begins :)

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      SonicSara on


    24. Alec on

      Oh, wait, I just saw the part about the serveys. I'll be sure to grab it then, once it goes out~

    25. Alec on

      So, no add-on tier option for the S3 World Telecom phone card?
      That's disappointing, since I wasn't able to scrape up the extra $20 in time for the original campaign. I would gladly throw down the extra money if it was an option.

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      SaiyanPirate on

      Fantastic news! think you could add a live counter? would add to the hype! I was so addicted to it back on the KS, haha.

    27. Scoey

      Those t-shirts do look awesome! I'll be getting a few of those soon. I hope the amount updates like it did on kickstarter, I really enjoy watching that process..

    28. Bule on

      @Loneck: Just received a response regarding my asking about making a PayPal donation without receiving rewards:

      Ys Net says:
      Dear Ghost,
      That is a terribly good question. At this point it is not possible just to donate money through the PayPal page. However! Mr. Suzuki will be duly informed of this development, so we can propose some options.
      Thank you very much! The fridge is stocked!
      Staying Strong,

    29. Chris on

      Only just noticed they are using an image of Ryo from the original game. This pleases me.

    30. Chris on

      @stan, such as... When is the money counter gonna be update?

    31. Stan on

      Thank you, thank you. thank you. :)
      Now we won't be getting the question "when are we getting Paypal?" from people every ten seconds. Though i'm sure they'll come up with other questions to ask. :/
      Anyways thanks again.

    32. Bule on

      @Loneck: great! I want a PayPal pledge but no rewards option too.

    33. Loneck on

      @Ghost of Tom 'Skairkroh' Bule: I did that too :)

    34. Bule on

      @Loneck: that is a great question, you should ask YsNet. In fact, I will do so right now.

    35. Loneck on

      Is it possible to make option to contribute with any amount of money without reward for people who already pledged and just want to send more money?

    36. Bule on

      I would also like a real time counter if possible, it would make it like the original kickstarter, only for three months instead!

      Great job on getting this sorted.

    37. Chris on

      First of all, A huge thank you for you guys really trying to make this work, the fact it looks so professional (apart from the copy paste stretch goals, but oh well), is a huge credit to you guys, But i have one really important question...
      How often is the counter gonna be updated?, cause i really wanna watch that counter rise up. It was one of the joys of the kickstarter :D

    38. Juanjo Alvite on

      I would recomend to say clearly that the image is the link for the new crowdfunding page, I had to read the comments to realise.

    39. Tristan High Cultist of Cthulhu on

      You guys took your time getting this up and running. But it has given folks a chance to refill their wallets I guess :P

    40. varsas on

      @Ys Net: Please make the artbook available as a bonus, both the digital and the physical copies! That and the soundtrack were the items I wanted to get on top of my $80 KS.

    41. Zzhh on

      They did it. Paypal! Yes! Hope we can get more stretch goals! :)

    42. varsas on

      @Blue Littlewood: The deadline is imposed by Kickstarter. If it were possible to run a longer campaign then those running them wouldn't have additional paypal campaigns e.g. Star Citizen.

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      TCprod on

      This is so cool, because i had the money all along on Paypal. The Kickstarter way made me convert my money to my currency, only to have Kickstarter to convert it back for a second fee to dollars. And there's that 10% cut thing. The fuck did we need this site for?!

    44. John Englezos on

      Blue, its definitely not greed, if you played any other of the Shenmue game or know Yu Suzuki, he is a perfectionist and wants the best possible Shenmue as well as we all do. And remember the money raised from Kickstarter i think i heard they lose 35% of that money because of rewards and a percentage going to kickstarter.

      I know Yu isnt greedy and he will use all the funds towards making this game as it has been his dream to finish this game for so long and i know he doesnt want to let us all down after so long.

    45. ronald on

      Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!

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      Btroth30 on

      I really want the rest of those battle system enhancements. Let's hope we get there!

    47. Blue Littlewood on

      This is a joke really. What's the point of a Kickstarter deadline. I think a bit of greed is going on here.

    48. シェンムーのアンバサダ on

      Only for a limited time!

      Just do it, make your #Shenmue3 dreams come true to it's fullest:



      Thank you all!

      Shenmue Ambassador

    49. Trong on

      @Ys Net-
      I figured it was a mistake in the image, which is now fixed. Thanks for the response!