Shadow Of The Eternals Kickstarter Relaunches July 25
Back in May, Precursor Games launched a Kickstarter for its spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness, but the developer quickly decided to reboot the campaign. The blood drive begins again on July 25.
Precursor Games has been the center of a controversy surrounding several former Silicon Knights employees who allegedly kept company assets from former projects when they moved over to the new studio, but that hasn't stopped the studio from prepping to relaunch its Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter on July 25.
Precursor Games also announced a contest starting Monday, July 15, where designers can compete to craft the artwork and slogan for the official Shadow of the Eternals T-Shirt that might become one of the KickStarter rewards. You can read more detail about this contest on Precursor's blog. You can also watch the nine minute Shadow of the Eternals game demo that Precursor released during its initial Kickstarter push, here.
I was a huge fan of Eternal Darkness. The game was one of my favorite GameCube titles, but I'm a little worried about seeing a sequel now. I don't believe in the developers anymore. Silicon Knights most recent games, Too Human and X-Men: Destiny, failed to live up to the company's early legacy. Admittedly, Precursor Games is a different studio, but it contains many designers from Silicon Knights. I'm also wary of using Kickstarter to raise money for a game of this scale. Kickstarter seems great for funding smaller, indie titles, but no one has raised more than a few million dollars on Kickstarter.
Games like Shadow of the Eternals cost more than that these days. Double Fine has already had to look for more money for Kickstarter-funded Broken Age, and it raised over three million initially. I know that Precursor Games hopes to take their Kickstarter-funded work to another publisher before it finishes the game, but that just doesn't seem like the honest way to approach a crowd funding site. In short, I'm still wary of this project, but if Precursor Games ends up turning out a brilliant game then more power to them. Still, I wonder how many old Eternal Darkness fans feel brave enough to help fund this project. I know I won't.