This is disappointing, even if it isn’t all that surprising. The funding campaign for Shadow of the Eternals, a spiritual sequel to the critically acclaimed survival horror GameCube game Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, closed yesterday with less than half of the money developer Precursor Games needed to make it. They asked for $750,000, but after a month-long push, the project only received $323,000. This is sad news, especially since the game looked like it would’ve been a worthy successor to Eternal Darkness.
Unfortunately, the campaign was marred by the premature shut down of the original funding campaign after it became obvious it wouldn’t be successful, as well as a bit of controversy surrounding Denis Dyack, chief creative officer at Precursor Games.
In a post on the project’s Kickstarter page, Precursor shed some light on the situation.
We here at Precursor Games would like to thank everyone who were involved in supporting, developing and promoting Shadow of the Eternals and its Kickstarter campaign.
We are grateful to those who not only backed this project, but also those who stood behind us every step of the way on this adventurous journey. The Order of the Unseen actively collaborated with us to create Shadow of the Eternals, and unwaveringly campaigned to help bring the game to life. When we began, we never imagined that we would meet so many amazing and creative people. Our community made this venture entirely worth it. Thank you for everything.
We would also like to thank our partners, whom without their support we would not have been able to launch this crowd-funding campaign: We would like to thank David Hayter for his collaboration and lending his voice acting talent to Shadow of the Eternals. To Reverb, for their tireless efforts in helping promote our game and crowdfunding campaign. To AMD and Crytek, for their technology and business partnerships and making them very worthwhile. Ray Muzyka for his endorsement of us and Shadow of the Eternals.
After we take a one week break, we will be upgrading the forum software to help improve the experience of our community. The Order forums will remain open for all those who have pledged on the Kickstarter for the next few weeks.
It is unfortunate that we were unable to crowd-fund this project at this time, but we have not given up. We intend to pursue other avenues with the ultimate goal of having our games come to fruition. Please feel free to migrate over to our Community Forums at www.precursorgames.com/forums, as we will be keeping our forums open for people to enjoy and discuss everything Precursor Games.
No word on whether or not Shadow of the Eternals will ever see the light of day. I hope they’re able to find a way to get it funded, because it’d be a pity if it were to get scrapped entirely.