- Oct 25, 2017
The goal is more money? Dunno what's complicated about that. I think it makes less sense to assume that Ysnet isn't profiting in any way while Deep Silver are doing backdoor shady deals and getting all the money for themselves. That is reaching.I understand that everyone is blinded by righteous anger over this stuff, but the thing is -- it's also blindingly obvious that this drama isn't in the best interest of the franchise or in the best interest of YsNet. The "bait and switch" theory doesn't check out -- they've spent long hours for 4 years turning Shenmue 3 into a reality. What's the motive? What's the goal? There isn't a logical explanation if you assume it's YsNet making these calls. The franchise is basically dead now, and 3 hasn't even launched. It will be reviewbombed. Critics will pan it and feel good about themselves. It's over
But if you say, "Deep Silver and Epic don't give a crap about Shenmue fans and is willing to f them over for a cheap buck", that's a more believable story. So I read it as a cautionary tale for a dev being hands off on the business side and trusting a publisher that doesn't represent their interests. I haven't seen any other explanation that makes sense to me. Take the money and run? Run where? And with what money, what we've seen for 3 suggests they've been spending a lot of manpower and effort on it (though not as much as even an AA budget would allow...)
It's sad, Shenmue 2 is one of the greatest games of all time and 3 seems like it might shape up to be pretty good...
Even if that were the case, as I said before I will never buy into how deep silver or epic are at fault because at the very start of this project all the decision power belonged to Ysnet. They chose who they worked with nobody forced them. So the ultimate responsibility lies with them.
As for explanations I don't see what is so complicated about that. There is several possible scenarios. Like the
project might have been mismanaged so the 6 million weren't enough. So from their perspective it's either reduce scope or take additional deals. Or the money they got is ensuring the probability of a Shenmue 4. Etc, we simply don't know since they don't communicate. It's a bad look either way.