Paul Caporicci of Precursor Games announced today that the Kickstarter project for Shadow of the Eternals was being shut down. The project, which was unlikely to reach its $1.5 million goal according to trends, is refunding all donations as per Kickstarter policy, but also donations made through the game's website. According to Caporicci, the decision was made as a result of several, "exciting new opportunities," and will result in an all new Kickstarter being launched in, "just a few short weeks."
Shadow of the Eternals will be the spiritual successor to cult favorite Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, one of the best games released for the GameCube. Despite the precursor's popularity, Shadow of the Eternals has been mired in rumor and hearsay related to the involvement of Dennis Dyack. After a highly speculative editorial was released, much of the energy behind Precursor's Kickstarter left its sails.
What form will Shadow of Eternals return as when its Kickstarter is relaunched? It's tough to say. Perhaps the company has received the support of an outside publisher or angel investor, or perhaps Precursor will simply be forced to scale down their aspirations for the project. We'll see soon, but hopefully the spirit of Eternal Darkness lives on.