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Shenmue III crowdfunding totals $7.18 million

Ys Net campaign to revive Sega adventure role-playing franchise declares final tally drawn from more than 81,000 backers

Shenmue fans have wanted to see Ryo Hazuki avenge his father's murder for nearly 20 years, so much so that they crowdfunded the next phase of his quest to the tune of more than $7 million. Yesterday, Ys Net posted an update to its Kickstarter campaign page announcing a final crowdfunding total of $7,179,510 for Shenmue III, a total collected from 81,087 supporters.

Those numbers include the $6.33 million contributed by 69,320 backers of the original Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2015, with the remaining funds coming from a "Slacker Backer" campaign that ran on the game's official site for three years before closing in September.

Shenmue III is set for release on August 27 of 2019. The first game debuted late in 1999, with the sequel arriving in the fall of 2001.

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