The long overdue Shenmue III racked up over US$6.3 million on Kickstarter. Thatā€™s a new record for video-game crowdfunding.

The previous record was held by Koji Igarashiā€™s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night at $5.5 million.

The Kickstarter campaign was announced at Sonyā€™s E3 press conference with a $2 million target. The game reached that goal in eight hours, making it the fastest Kickstarter to do so.

Sega released the first Shenmue title in 1999 in Japan and a sequel followed in 2001. Fans have been waiting a long, long time for a third title. Sega gave Yu Suzuki the Shenmue license, because as the Shenmue creator told Kotaku, the company ā€œfelt safeā€ giving it to him.

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As Kotaku previously reported, Sony is pitching in to bring Shenmue III to life. So are the fans who shelled out over six million bucks.

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