Originally Posted by Panajev2001a
They were clear... short of a pinkie promise on stage everybody said that it was not the case and that Sony was not covering the rest of the bill!
Short of using the logic "but they could change their mind so they probably will" I am not sure why people kept spreading misinformation that hurt this title chances to get better funding.
Exactly. This was pure bs, every party involved - Sony 3rd Party prod, Shibuya Productions and Yu Suzuki - were pretty transparent on everyone's involvement. It was clear shortly after that Sony 3rd Party Productions would give them the same treatment they gave to other initiatives of that kind, except they'd handle publishing duties on the PS4 version and provide technical assistance and PR.
Originally Posted by IrishNinja
so is it just shenmue fan echo chambers, or one of the most expected games on the internet, then....?
moreover: do you think this game would finally be happening without sony's initiative?
That's the point with fan echo chambers: They sound like bigger than they are. There's no shame with that but if you heard people, it was like Shenmue 3 was the most expected number 3 game with Half Life 3.
As for the game finally be happening without Sony's initiative ? Yes. Because it happened on Kickstarter. Sony's initiative then again was about their 3rd party production team and giving them a spotlight.
Sony wasn't affiliated with the KS except for the unveil, neither for the idea. And they're not producing it, Shibuya Production is.
I mean, straigth from the horse's mouth
7/ Fans and media have still a lot of questions regarding the role of each party. We prepared for you a summary of these roles. Tell us if the following elements are correct or not.
- SEGA granted YsNet the Shenmue III licence after negotiations directly led by Yu Suzuki. Suzuki-san was the one negotiating with Sony as well.
- Sony highlighted the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign at E3 2015 and thus has been a big part of its success. In order to sell Shenmue III, Sony will also provide valuable assistance thanks to its marketing power and communication efficiency. Sony will be in charge of the production and publishing of the PlayStation 4 version and continue providing technical expertise to the YsNet team on Shenmue III development (hardware knowledge, optimization).
- Shibuya Productions is the initiator of the project with YsNet. You are the original and main investor in Shenmue III. You gave the initial impetus that made this project possible. Shibuya Productions is also responsible for the publishing and marketing of the PC version.
- YsNet is in charge of the game development on PlayStation 4 and PC in partnership with Neilo, Tak Hirai's studio. The management of the PayPal campaign has been assigned to Awesome Japan, a service provider.
CÚdric Biscay: "Yes."
It is not to diminish Sony's obvious role in highlighting the launch of the Kickstarter (to the point I rushed right at the moment it was unveiled to back with 300 bucks) but no, they didn't make it happen.