UPDATE: Precursor has confirmed to IGN that Shadow of the Eternals is indeed being developed for PC and Wii U, and that the game will be released as a series of twelve episodes. Denis Dyack will also be involved in the project. The studio hopes to raise $1.5 million to cover the cost of development; any additional funds will be used toward future episodes and other bonuses, such as additional characters and platforms.
Additionally, Precursor has announced the first story details for Shadow of the Eternals:
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 ‘Eternals’.
Featuring an ensemble cast of heroes and villains, Shadow of the Eternals will span over 2500 years of history throughout Egypt, England, Hungary, and the United States. Players will question the perception of reality as they try to balance the mechanics of combat, magick, and sanity events to progress through the adventure.
Shadow of the Eternals will take players on a memorable journey throughout time; weaving historical fact with disturbing fiction to create an experience unlike any other.
Precursor will announce further story and gameplay details for Shadow of the Eternals this Monday, May 6, when its crowdfunding campaign is scheduled to begin. Has any of this new information changed your opinion of the title?
Original Story: Fans of the cult GameCube classic Eternal Darkness have been waiting patiently for news on a sequel to the game, led on by years of copyright renewals and Denis Dyack’s cryptic teases. While it may not be a direct followup, a new development studio called Precursor Games, founded by some of the creators of the original Eternal Darkness, have announced its own spiritual successor to the psychological horror game dubbed Shadow of the Eternals, which will begin crowdfunding on May 6.
Precursor has yet to announce which platforms it intends to develop Shadow of the Eternals for, but it has released a brief teaser trailer for the game, highlighting many of its characters and environments, which, as you’d expect, look eerily similar to those in Eternal Darkness, complete with dilapidated temple ruins and a mysterious, ancient tome (and is even overlaid with music and sound effects from the original game). You can see the trailer for yourself below.
It’s certainly interesting to think what will come of this game, especially considering that Nintendo owns the patent for the sanity system that made the original Eternal Darkness so innovative (not to mention the rights to the IP itself). It already seems like Precursor is skirting dangerously close to infringement with some of its environments, but you can color me interested nonetheless!
What do you think of Shadow of the Eternals? Will you be donating to its development when the crowdfunding campaign begins? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!