The GameCube classic Eternal Darkness wove a horrifying tale across the ages, and the same can be said for the story surrounding the development of its spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals. After several failed crowdfunding campaigns and controversies surrounding some of its developers, many thought the project dead but the title’s creative director and veteran ofEternal Darkness, Dennis Dyack, recently revealed that work is continuing on the game.
Following the shuttering of original developer Precursor Games, Dyack, who also directed Eternal Darkness, launched Quantum Entanglement Entertainment with hopes of continuing work in games, in addition to exploring film and television projects. In a recent video on the company’s YouTube channel, The Quantum Tunnel, Dyack confirmed that the team was still working on the game and promised more news in the near future about its status. That video was followed up with uploads of previously released footage for Shadow of the Eternals.
Much like Eternal Darkness, Shadow of the Eternals is planned to feature multiple characters, places, and events from across history that come together under an overarching story that draws inspiration from Lovecraftian horror. When it was first revealed, the game was planned to be released as multiple, downloadable episodes for Wii U. Of course, quite a bit of time has passed since the project was first revealed in 2013, so it will be interesting to see if anything has changed and in what way.
While Shadow of the Eternals’ development cycle has been anything but smooth and its developers have a tendency to court controversy, I shall remain cautiously optimistic that we will see more materialize this time around. Eternal Darkness is a true masterpiece well deserving of some sort of revival, and since Nintendo has expressed no desire to do anything with the property, I’ll take whatever I can get from whoever is offering it.