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Shenmue 3 passes $2M Kickstarter goal in less than nine hours

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Well, that was quick. Just nine hours after being announced at Sony's E3 press conference, the Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3 has surpassed its $2 million funding goal. This means that if all goes to plan, the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Shenmue II will be available to play on PS4 and PC in December 2017. The speed with which fans have voted with their wallets for Shenmue 3 means the game is likely to be one of the fastest ever projects to reach $1 million in funding, and with 31 days to go, the Kickstarter campaign is now headed toward its stretch goals — including additional subtitles and extra content.

Sony is now three for three when it comes to announcing mythical games this year

Alongside the announcement of The Last Guardian and the remake of Final Fantasy VII, this means that Sony's E3 has gone three for three in terms of confirming long-awaited, almost mythical games. Shenmue and Shenmue II were cult hits for the Dreamcast and Xbox back at the turn of the millennium, with the games' meandering open-world play style charming, confusing, and enticing gamers in pretty much equal measure. Shenmue 3's triumphant Kickstarter shows that more than a few players were left hankering for more.