I told you I was trying things and making contacts so I had a great phone call with Cedric Biscay from Shibuya Productions today (producing ShenMue3). It was all very interesting and Cedric had some wise advice.
Some of you might have heard of him, for those who haven’t, Cedric and his company are quite experts of japanese media/games and culture and have contacts.
There is not much I would reveal at this point, I will try more things to serve the project and those advice will certainly be helpful.
Among the things we discussed was the financing of games. Without going into details, there was something I didn’t know: the crowdfunding campaign was not enough for ShenMue3: the 6 millions were only a portion of the whole budget. And yes, as pointed by people before, an open world is expensive to make and Cedric confirmed this.
But it doesnt mean it is not possible, it is all down to what the creator of the series (Yukio Futatsugi) thinks about the licence now, also if SEGA would accept to let it get done, and of course the financing… all of this is feasible.
Of course a rail shooter would be cheaper to make. I personally have fears about this but who knows, it could also be a first step to revitalize the series.
Anyway, I will continue to push on the campaign for a rebooted Open World ARPG game, more and more people are joining and signing. And maybe we will get it, maybe we will get a rail shooter, we’ll see.
So I’m not going to make false promises but I will keep trying things and will let you know once I have something concrete.
And I have almost forgotten to say that Cedric knows and played the Panzer Dragoon games. He said he especially loved the SAGA RPG episode.