Shenmue 3 PayPal Backers Won’t Receive Any Kickstarter Rewards

by on January 6, 2016

Shenmue 3 backers who supported the game via PayPal during it’s ‘second wind’ will not receive any Kickstarter rewards, only getting their PayPal rewards instead.

The ‘second wind’ refers to the second phase of the campaign, when Ys Net began taking PayPal donations after the initial Kickstarter period expired. Ys Net initially promised to provide Kickstarter rewards to PayPal backers too, but they have since rescinded this promise.

Polygon report that the developer sent out a poll to all Kickstarter backers asking whether they agreed or disagreed that PayPal backers, dubbed “slacker backers”, who contributed later than they did should receive the same rewards – despite already earning their own rewards.

Despite a majority of people voting to make the Kickstarter rewards available to PayPal contributors, Ys Net said that there was a “strong response” from those who wanted to keep them exclusive, declaring that rewards will be available to Kickstarter backers only. See the results of the poll, taken directly from the most recent campaign update:

“The poll results are posted below. 4,670 of the respondents answered, “Yes, please make the Kickstarter Exclusive Rewards available on PayPal.” 4,009 respondents answered, “No, Kickstarter Exclusive Rewards are for Kickstarter only.” And 6,432 answered, “Either is fine with me.” Considering the strong response from those of you who felt that the Exclusive Rewards should remain exclusive for the Kickstarter, those Exclusive Rewards will not be made available on the PayPal page as originally promised.”

The donate via PayPal option is still available but prospective backers should be aware that they will not be receiving Kickstarter rewards in addition to the PayPal rewards. Shenmue 3 is aiming for a late 2017 release on PlayStation 4 and PC.