The lights are on
Shadow of the Eternals, the Kickstarter hopeful successor to Eternal Darkness, missed its pledge mark, and the developer has announced that it is halting development.
The project has had its share of hiccups with a canceled and relaunched Kickstarter, legal problems, and then it was not able to reach its Kickstarter goal.
Denis Dyack posted a message on the official Precursor Games message boards saying the team is taking a break. Hope is not completely lost for the game as Dyack answered everyone's first question: is the project dead? "No, but we feel it needs a rest," Dyack said. It's unclear if, when, or in what form Shadow of the Eternals will return, but Dyack seems to believe the team will pick the project back up at some point in the future.
You can check out the full text of the message that appeared on the Shadow of the Eternals message boards below.
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to put the Shadow of the Eternals project on hold. We are very happy with what we have accomplished both as a group and with the community. The community has blown us away and was the one thing that kept us going through it all – we cannot thank you enough.Many of us will be taking a break. For those who are not aware, we all worked on this project as a labor of love and self financed 100% of everything for a over a year to try to make Shadow of the Eternals a reality. Although we did not succeed on doing this, we succeeded in making many friends and starting something that we hope provided value for those involved. We have no regrets.Denis, Phil and Aaron have decided to continue to run the forums for those who wish to stay hang out and talk. Denis, Phil and Aaron will also be taking a break but will be around posting and talking with everyone when they can. Others from Precursor will also be popping in from time to time.Is the project dead? No, but we feel it needs a rest too. We have all agreed as a group that when and if the time is right we will get together and start it up again.Keep your head high everyone and remember what we have accomplished together.- The Precursor Games Team
[Source: Precursor Games, via NeoGAF]
Our TakeDespite good intentions, and the excitement surrounding the prospect of a sequel to Eternal Darkness, Shadow of the Eternals has been plagued with issues since its original announcement. It's disappointing, but not too surprising that Precursor has decided to put the game on hold. I would still like to see the final game someday, but I am not confident that we will be seeing or even hearing from the game anytime soon.
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Good. This should have happened a long time ago. Frankly, if fans of the Eternal Darkness series want something to happen with the franchise, they need to ask Nintendo to do something about it. That way, a proper sequel can get made without all this drama surrounding it (ideally, at any rate).
Maybe someone else need to work on this, maybe someone from Nintendo themselves maybe super mario brother creator!One of the best games ever made for the gamecube being held up.Come get off you ass and spend some cash and get the dam game made.This is a game that would make me buy a WiiU! What the hill. Nintendo need to came in and take this game away from the Crazy guy in charge!!
See? Sometimes the is justice in the world. Now the Eternal Darkness brand won't have to suffer this travesty. Hopefully Nintendo will now look into reviving it properly.
I have absolutely no knowledge of what it was like working at SK and then precursor, except for the numerous articles detailing the experience, but it seems very cultish to me. I don't understand why people seem to be willing to risk their own money and a year of their lives when Dyak and SK only produced one decent game followed by a decade of failure. Either he is being grossly misrepresented by the media or he is a master manipulator.
I think Kyle's opinion is spot on. After two failed kickstarter campaigns and all the negative press surrounding it, I doubt this will ever be finished. The upside to this could be that Nintendo might give an Eternal Darkness sequel another chance.
Its a pity it had to end like this, but theres really no other direction it could have gone.
The trust wasnt there. The whole project felt a bit shaky.
I want to see a sequel to Eternal Darkness, but I hope its directly funded by Nintendo.
This is the first time I hear of anyone who went to Kickstarter to get some money that has failed to miss the mark. Interesting!!!
Not surprised by this at all. I'm sure we will all hear from Dyack again in the future. He just can't stay away from the industry.
Not surprised, especially with all of the issues this game had.