Shenmue 3 has just passed the 2 million dollar mark on Kickstarter, reaching its funding goal in under 9 hours and with around 24.5 thousand backers. That's an average donation of roughly 82 dollars. This is easily the fasting gaming Kickstarter of all time, dwarfing the previous record holder Yooka-Laylee's 1 million in 6 hours.
So basically Kickstarter was to test the market but this will be one of Sony's gems in 2017, fully marketed and released physically. Budget bump expected as well, since Shenmue 3 needs at least 20-30 mil. to fully realize it's open world potential.