Happy 2016! With the new year comes an update on Shenmue 3! While the latest Kickstarter project update doesn’t get into any of the development, the results are in for the survey asking whether or not rewards exclusive to Kickstarter backers should be made available to PayPal backers. Initially, this survey was held on Twitter, which many cited as being unfair since it was open to anybody and not just Kickstarter backers. Thankfully, Ys Net listened and held a new survey exclusive to Kickstarter backers. The survey shows that while the “Yes’s” outweighed the “No’s”, the “No’s” and “Either’s” were to great to be ignored and it has been decided that Kickstarter exclusives will not be made available to PayPal backers.
While the comments section on Kickstarter seem to disagree, I personally think this is a good decision. The Slacker Backer campaign hasn’t exactly caught fire, with only one stretch goal reached after weeks of campaigning. Some cite that the last of Kickstarter exclusive rewards is to blame for the slow trickle of PayPal donations, but I really do not think that it would make much of a difference. Important things, like the game itself, are available to pre-order and there are more than enough cool bonuses for fans late to the party. I also am a firm believer that Kickstarter exclusives must remain exclusive.
The other piece of news is that the Shenmue.link website has been updated with a new layout. At the time of writing this, the site seems to be receiving high traffic, so I cannot check every page to see what (if anything) is new. But it looks to be the same content, just with a new design template.