The lights are on
The crowd-funding of the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness begins today. Precursor Games (which includes some of the talent from Silicon Knights responsible for Eternal Darkness) is starting the campaign with some videos to let gamers know what they should expect.
As previously revealed, Shadow of the Eternals is an episodic adventure coming to PC and Wii U. The most in-depth look comes courtesy of IGN, which has a 9-minute demo of the game with commentary from Denis Dyack. From that footage, you can clearly see how the game is following in the footsteps of Eternal Darkness. For a briefer look, you should watch the trailer embedded below.
Shadow of the Eternals is being built using Crytek's CryEngine 3. Given the fact that some members of Precursor Games have histories at Silicon Knights, it's not hard to understand why the team steered away from Unreal.
Interestingly, the Canadian studio isn't using any of the popular crowdfunding sites (Kickstarter is only available in the US and UK), but instead is relying on their own system to acquire and track donations.
The studio is asking for $1.5 Million to develop the first episode. For more on the project (or to donate), you can go to Precursor's site.
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It looks pretty nice, but again: Denis Dyack.
Nintendo owns the Eternal Darkness name. Nintendo owns the insanity effects.
A decade I've waited for this, and I have so little hope for it.
The crowdfunding is done entirely on their website, and therefore has no oversight by an organization like Kickstarter.
I love the X-Files, so I'll quote from there: I want to believe.
Looks pretty good. And I love Eternal Darkness. I might just have to toss some in the fund.
They are just remaking the game, with a few extras...I mean that is the same place you explore during Alexander's part in Eternal Darkness...
remember that it was the house and the grounds of the estate that where haunted. because of the family envolement in arcane magic...
Pretty impressed with the visuals, but more impressed there is a sequel for Eternal Darkness. If things go right here's hoping the visuals will be up to the standards everyone expects, the game play and gamepad interactions won't suck, and it delivers on the scare factor the first delivered. I just hope this is a Go because people need a reason to buy a Wii U.
The demo looked pretty cool, I'm glad the Wii U is getting a big 3rd party game too.
Edit: My enthusiasm for this significantly dropped after reading an article on Kotaku about the story behind the Silicon Knights X-Men game (written by the same person who wrote the story about Team Bondi that ran on IGN). If you read that alongside watching the IGN video where they interview Dyack, I think it becomes obvious that this game is pretty much a scam that doesn't deserve to be funded. Apparently two years ago they have had that same demo and little has been done to update it. I suspect that this fundraiser is only going to be used to pay their court fees when the inevitable law suit comes their way.