Precursor Games has relaunched their Kickstarter project for Shadow of the Eternals, spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. This time around they're asking for half of what they asked for previously, $750,000, to develop the game and have it delivered by October 2014. Planned for both PC and Wii U, the unconventional horror game certainly has its work cut out of it.
A few new details surrounding the project have also been announced. For instance, a PlayStation 4 version of the game has been added a stretch goal for the project. Also, should the project be funded David Hayter will join the game's voice cast as one of the main protagonists. Here's a quick comment from David Hayter:
"Playing the role of Paul Becker will be a blast as he is both complex and conflicted. I intend to provide gamers with a provocative and memorable experience on the roller coaster ride that is Shadow of the Eternals."
Other things have changed as well. Originally the $1.5 million goal of the original Kickstarter project was meant to build the engine and lead to the release of just the first episode of Shadow of the Eternals. That's now changed and the $750,000 Kickstarter will support a full standalone game that's 8-10 hours in length -- or so they say.
Still, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some of the peculiarities of the project. The original Kickstarter for Shadow of the Eternals was taken down when it became clear they would not meet their $1.5 million funding goal. However, Precursor claimed the takedown was because they'd acquired funding from another source. Now they're back and asking for less money for a larger project? Yet it'll be released in the same span the smaller project would have been put out? Something feels off.
And of course, there's the fact that controversy still swirls around Precursor Games -- it has even grown since the previous Kickstarter project's closure. One of the co-founders of Precursor Games was arrested, and promptly fired from the company, on child pornography charges. Yeah, kind of puts into perspective the ridiculous claims against Denis Dyack's leadership abilities.
I'll stop there, as I believe it's important to be aware of the controversies, but I still think Shadow of the Eternals should be judged on its own merits. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is still one of the best games of the Gamecube generation and Shadow of the Eternals does look spooky as all hell. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information or to back the project. It costs $20 to pre-order for ~2600 more backers before it jumps up to $25 and will be closing on August 23.