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Another Shenmue 3 Stretch Goal Has Been Reached

She's not the only one excited by the latest Shenmue 3 stretch goal news

Good news everyone, developer Ys Net has announced that another Shenmue 3 stretch goal has been hit!

As explained in a new backer update published earlier today on the game’s Kickstarter page, Shenmue 3’s combined Kickstarter and Slacker Backer campaigns have now accrued an astonishing $7m in donations, meaning the team now has the necessary resources to include what it’s calling the ‘Battle System Expanded: AI Battling’.

Inclusive Combat

To put it simply, the inclusion of AI Battling should make the game far more accommodating to new, less experienced players. As Ys Net explained:

This control system lets you automatically unleash the perfect technique in response to the opponent’s positioning and distance. R&D for this system is based on Yu Suzuki’s concept for players who are not used to fighting games or for those who want a full immersion battle experience. This battle system is highly compatible with, and will be an extension to the current battle system.

The latest Shenmue 3 stretch goal to be hit adds 'AI Battling'
The latest Shenmue 3 stretch goal to be hit adds ‘AI Battling’

For those who, like me, possess the reaction times of a particularly sluggish three-toed sloth, AI Battling is a welcome addition.

Only Another $4m Required To Meet Every Remaining Shenmue 3 Stretch Goal

Unfortunately, it seems pretty unlikely fans will be able to explore an expanded Bailu Village or enjoy the game stalls in the Choubu area, when Shenmue 3 releases on PS4 and PC.

Still, with the game pushed back to 2019 a couple of months ago, there’s an outside chance the much-anticipated sequel will set a new record for crowdfunded video games, if nothing else. I mean, how hard can it be to scrounge up a paltry $1.8m?