Shadow of the Eternals Developer Gets On Kickstarter, Provides Update

By Ishaan . May 14, 2013 . 6:35pm



Precursor Games recently managed to get their fundraising campaign for Shadow of the Eternals onto Kickstarter and have acquired nearly $50,000 in contributions after the first day. This is in addition to the $150,000 they’ve raised via their own website.


Shadow of the Eternals, as previously reported, is a spiritual successor the Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem on the Gamecube. The game is being developed by a team of former Silicon Knights veterans, who were also involved with Eternal Darkness.


Today, the company’s COO, Shawn Jackson provided a video update on what’s been going on at the studio, how the Shadow of the Eternals demo was developed, and his extensive involvement in the creation of the game. You can watch Jackson’s video above.

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  • KuchikiSentou

    Saw this game last week. Superb quality.

    • SiliconNooB

      I guess Activision’s money was put to good use then… -_-

  • Testsubject909

    Quite lovely how Kickstarter has increased in popularity.

    But remember folks. The end price to make a game is far, far, FAR beyond what you’d see donated.

    And that you’re primarily doing a donation, not a pre-order. Keep that in mind, it’s just that often enough, your donation happens to possibly be a pre-order.

    • SirTeffy

      I just hope they realize they’ve set themselves up for a massive lawsuit – they’ve claimed the 1.5 million is “just for the production of the first episode, with future episodes hinging on sales to continue to produce them”, but they are offering season passes for 12 episodes for $50 – if they can’t fund all 12 episodes and cannot fulfill the rewards promised, they’re on the hook to both the backers AND Kickstarter to provide the promised content, refund the money in full to all backers, or face a drawn-out legal battle to settle the dispute. It’s in Kickstarter’s terms.

      From the Creator FAQ:
      “If your project is successfully funded, you are required to fulfill all rewards or refund any backer whose reward you do not or cannot fulfill. A failure to do so could result in damage to your reputation or even legal action by your backers.”

  • JustThisOne

    Oh! So they’re on kickstarter now? Fantastic! I was quite a bit worried about their choice not to use kickstarter in the beginning… But between both the sites and perhaps enough PR work, they might just have a chance after all.

    • SiliconNooB

      They don’t deserve to get funded.

      • JustThisOne

        Out of curiosity, what are your reasons?

        • SiliconNooB

          I’m not a fan of KS at the best of times, but that isn’t an issue in this instance.

          Dyack doesn’t deserve to be funded by anyone. The Shadows of the Eternals demo that he’s been showing off was produced with stolen Activision money, as the money was intended to fund the ill-fated ‘Xmen Destiny’. On top of that, Dyack has managed to successfully ruin his own company through his poor management and the staggering hubris which saw him suing Epic even as SK were ripping off the Unreal Engine.

          Now that they’ve been ordered to pay damages to Epic what do they do? Everyone but the CFO leaves SK to form Precursor Games, and then they promptly turn around and buy all of SK’s core assets back from them. Meanwhile the CFO plays interference by pretending that SK is still alive for as long as he can while he jerks around Epic’s lawyers [who will never see a cent].

          Dyack et al. are frauds, swindlers, are inherently untrustworthy, and are very poor managers. They can’t get publisher funding anymore because the industry has seen how they operate, and so they come with cap-in-hand begging alms from the public…

          There are better ways for gamers to throw their money away than to give it to Precursor Games. I hope Dyack never releases another game, because that is no less than he deserves.

  • KuchikiSentou

    This is one of those cases where I would have just bought this if it popped up on PSN or something and I had the money.

    Just the name is enough. “Shadow of the Eternals”. It can’t have such a cool name and not be a great game. Just can’t happen.

    • FlamingFirewire

      War of the Human Tanks says hi in the awesome name department.

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