According to a Eurogamer interview, Suzuki is "researching" the idea of a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. The designer refuses to commit to anything, but did state that he would like to work on the long-awaited sequel given the "right opportunity." As Eurogamer points out, the first two Shenmue games cost Sega over $70 million to develop, though Suzuki wouldn't specify how much money he'd need to raise to fund a third game in the series.
Though this news may set fans' hearts racing with even the slightest glimmer of hope that Shenmue 3 is in the works, we caution you not to hold your collective breath. This is not the first time Suzuki has mentioned interest in crowdfunding, and even if Suzuki does opt to go the Kickstarter route, it will likely be a while before he gets around to it. Though he wouldn't divulge details, Suzuki is currently occupied with a different, non-Shenmue development project.