Shenmue 3 will only be partially funded via its Kickstarter campaign, with Sony confirming it will be a partner on the project.
Speaking on a PlayStation live stream earlier this week Sony director of third party relations Gio Corsi joined Yu Suzuki to chat about Shemnue 3.
Corsi revealed that Sony and Suzuki met at GDC 2014 to discuss the project.
"The only way this is going happen is if the fans speak up and we thought Kickstarter was the perfect place to do this," explained Corsi. "We Set a goal for $2m and if the fans come in and back it then absolutely we're going to make this a reality.
He added: "Sony and PlayStation is definitely a partner in this game and it's going to be run through third-party production. We're going to help Ys Net get the game done, we're going to be partners on it the whole way, and really excited to see this thing come out in a couple of years."
Shenmue 3 is confirmed for PS4 and PC, but Suzuki hasn't ruled out other platforms.
Source: PlayStation Live