Eternal Darkness Creator Crowdfunding New Title
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Eternal Darkness creator Denis Dyack has been recruited to produce a new game touted as the spiritual success of the GameCube's survival horror. $1.5M is the crowdfunding target for the first episode in a series of twelve planned for release on PC and Wii U. Newly formed Canadian studio, Precursor Games, assures future episodes will have a much lower monetary target.
The title, Shadow of the Eternals, is approximately $80,000 away from hitting its goal with 30 days to go. The official site accepts pledges starting at $5. A minimum pledge will bag investors the first episode, $25 will net half of the episodes and $50 will land the entire series.
Dyack has been hired by Precursor Games to lead development. Dyack previously worked on Eternal Darkness. It was released in 2002 as a GameCube exclusive. It was one of the titles set to be available on launch in the lead up to the console's release but was subsequently delayed as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Denis Dyack will be looking for a fresh start with Shadow of the Eternals after his previous development outfit, Silicon Knights, suffered a handful of setbacks. Releasing just nine games in its 21-year history the team had to face down legal issues that plagued its last two releases: Too Human and X-Men: Destiny. This will be a chance to start afresh and bring Eternal Darkness fans the follow-up they have been waiting for.
The first episode is set to be released Q3 2014
Jon Wigglesworth // @GamingGrunt