Spiritual Sequel to Eternal Darkness Announced

Last year saw plenty of setbacks for Canadian developer Silicon Knights. The company lost its lawsuit against Epic Games, was ordered to destroy copies of its Unreal-powered games, laid off lots of employees, and had plenty of its dirty laundry aired in public. And after plenty of sub-par game releases, people have wondered how long the studio would even continue to exist.

Surprisingly, however, a new game—Shadow of the Eternals—is being billed as the “spiritual successor” to the developer’s most-loved game, Eternal Darkness, and had its teaser trailer debut on IGN today. The trailer says that a crowd-funding campaign is on the way this Monday.

As you can see by the tweet from IGN’s Rich George, the head of Silicon Knights and Eternal Darkness director Denis Dyack will be involved in the game’s production, which is in development at a studio called Precursor Games.

A post on ShackNews has more details, pointing the way back to a NeoGAF post linking to a cached version of an unfinished site for the game (now gone, apparently). At the time, the game was called “Shadow of the Ancients,” and is aiming for a 12-part episodic release on PC and Wii U. To get the first episode done, says the post, Precursor will need $1.1 million. That…sounds like a lot of money for part one…of twelve…

The post also offers up an alleged description of the game:

“When Detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history, only two survivors remain from a brutal conflict between two rival cults. As Becker begins his interrogations of the suspects, their combined recollections will uncover the truth about the ‘Ancients.’”

Not for nothing, that doesn’t sound even remotely like it’s related to the trailer that was posted today, which seems to revolve around folks wandering around a house in Crusades-era attire. That said, Eternal Darkness was all over the map, what with Roman soldiers and people in the United States wandering around a spooky mansion. So who the hell knows?

Hopefully when the crowd-funding campaign launches on Monday, some questions will get cleared up: who is Precursor Games? What’s the relationship between Precursor and Silicon Knights? Does the above description have anything at all to do with the current project?

The biggest question to get answered: does anyone actually want a sequel to Eternal Darkness, let alone a spiritual one? Does this project actually stand a chance of success? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what we learn on Monday…

[Via IGN and ShackNews]

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