The lights are on
Last week when Precursor Games teased its crowd funding campaign for a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, we reached out to Silicon Knights to find out how it was connected to the new studio. Today, we received a call from Mike Mays, chief financial officer at Silicon Knights who answered some of our questions.
As reported last week, art assets from Silicon Knights were sold to Precursor Games. Mays told Game Informer a different story. When employees were laid off, they had the option of purchasing art. Denis Dyack did not buy any, but others now at Precursor Games did.
According to Mays, Silicon Knights retained very little of the material from Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, as the property is owned entirely by Nintendo. As we mentioned last week, Precursor Games hosts a forum for the GameCube title (including the official logo for Eternal Darkness, giving the forum an appearance of being official or sanctioned) alongside the one for Shadow of the Eternals, its current crowd-supported project.
Mays also told us that employees could "take computers," but clarified that those staff members did not take possession of the hardware immediately. Epic Games pursued legal action against the developer to insure that transferred PCs had been wiped clean before deaccessioning occurred.
He also shared with us that Silicon Knights is now "mostly working on legal issues." He declined to comment on how many people are currently employed at the company, saying only that it's "more than one." Mays also declined to answer a question about staffing distribution and would not clarify if there are any employees currently working on product development.
We reached out to Nintendo for some additional information on the disposition of the Eternal Darkness property and its thoughts on Precursor Games' tightly-connected spiritual sequel. As of publication, we have yet to receive a response.
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It sounds as if their lawsuit with Epic wasn't a very good idea.
This is real shady as much as I loved eternal darkness I would not support this kickstarter at all it's just too shady
Precursor REALLY shouldn't have jumped into the deep end of the pool like this. They're a startup who inherited some bad history; they really should not be shooting for the moon with a 12 part episodic series powered by CryEngine where they need 1.5million dollars to fund just the first episode. They have A LOT TO PROVE. They should've started with more realistic games; eShop titles, Steam games, mobile games... something that says, "Look; we know what we're doing. We can ship a game that's good. We can make stuff that's well reviewed and sells well. Now, let's talk about a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness, you guys."
This is reminding me a bit of 38 Studios. How they didn't do anything, but felt like starting up a 170+ member studio and working on a game that would take 6 years to ship (their Amalur MMO) and decided that, okay, that's a recipe for success. Working for 6 years without doing anything that will bring in money? SURE! I just don't understand why some people think THIS is they way you do things in the video game world.
Start small, build on your successes, expand - that's the only way to go.
Ouch. Too bad for Silicon Knights. It was a pretty cool company.
I really hope that Nintendo has someone working on a new ED. I'd even be fine with Retro doing one.
Now, let's clarify that vague statement SK... Define 'mostly' please.
well this sounds like a mess.