Shenmue III Creator Yu Suzuki is posting an AMA on Reddit, and he gave some interesting answers on the upcoming game and on the future of the series.
First of all, to the question on whether he plans to add more funding tiers to the Kickstarter, his answer was brief but clear, so if you want to spend more than $500, but less than $3000, options are coming.
Secondly, if you hope for Shenmue IV, you better hope that III will be well received:
“If the fans are not happy with 3 there will not be a 4. So I please hope we can together make this game the best it can be.”
Interestingly, Suzuki san also gave the following answer on whether Ryo will ever return to Japan, possibly hinting to content that could come within a sequel.
“Not in 3.”
To the question on whether more arcade games will be added within Shenmue III, Suzuki-san’s answer was slightly cryptic.
“I plan on making plans.”
Suzuki-san also answered on which one was his favorite Sega console. I doubt anyone will be surprised here:
“The Dreamcast. It has really good balance. I was involved with the hardware as well, so it had a lot of meaning for me.”
He also gave an interestingly philosophical answer on why he creates:
“Why does one climb the mountain?
The shark cannot breath when it does not swim.”
If you want to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, you can do so here. At the moment of this writing, the game has received $3,378,626 in pledges.