So it happened, Shenmue Three or more was finally announced, only a 14 years since release of Shenmue 2. Well I say announced, it was exposed during Sonys E3 press office meeting that a Kickstarter campaign has started to fund the game, with a consist of 2017 release. This Kickstarter provides smashed almost every file for day one funds there was, and while I’m yet to again it (pay day is often a week away) My spouse and i intend to. But this is sold with some trepidation, why should I really and other gamers fund a project one of the massive publishers is using to drive sales? Surely greater reveal would be intended for Sony to state they are funding the much anticipated sequel, lots of whom didnt think would probably ever see the lightweight of day. In place of excitement I am quit feeling a little robbed and that this was expose was a PR promotion for Sony in order to steal some headers after Microsofts conference.
It would appear that this release will be done for the sole objective of fan service, allowing for players to at last get some closure using one of gamings recent figures. In this instance, crowd-funding the project looks logical. Shenmue isnt the sort of IP that will attract a fresh generation of competitors but it does have any cult following and would’ve always been a success when released on Kickstarter. Can Sonys involvement mean the starting of a new trend, Triple a developers seeking support for new IP and reboots? It is a risky precedent. Gaming is trapped in a kind of limbo at this point, AAA gaming has grown to be increasingly more expensive and sometimes games dont recoup the primary outlay so programmers are becoming more sceptical of creating new IP or rebooting old favourites features as they dont guarantee the almighty dollar.
With the success of this existing campaign it could lead to a swathe of AAA developers looking to get backing regarding their new games. An amount happen if Valve decided to announce they will start a Kickstarter for Half Existence 3? Well firstly it would probably dwarf any information that Shenmues Kickstater made, nevertheless for me it would indicate that gaming is starting to become a slowly loss of life media. If the developers dont want to risk money on a project, why must the public be and so loose with their totes? Developers may become additional keen to crowd-fund their particular projects to overcome risks but which induces more risks to the consumer in my eyes.
What incentive is there with regard to developers to work challenging and make the most in the game? After all it isnt their money theyre gambling using. Yes they may be in a position to increase profits total but with little to no capital investment some developers may take liberties. For my situation it is a worrying precedent and a second I expect to see take place more in future. But at this stage we should hope Sony launching this crowd-funding campaign will be the exception and not a rule.