Eternal Darkness Successor Shadow of the Eternals Enters the Light

Eternal Darkness Successor Shadow of the Eternals Enters the Light

Details spill forth about this crowdfunded, episodic horror game.

Shadow of The Eternals

It's hard to have a serious conversation about the survival horror genre without mentioning Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. A rare M-rated treat on the Gamecube, it succeeded in bringing deeply unnerving horror with layered storytelling and unique mechanics. While critically praised, developer Silicon Knights eventually produced a string of flops and vanished in the flash of a lawsuit. Now, a new game has appeared, claiming to be its spiritual successor "from the creators of Eternal Darkness". It's called Shadow of The Eternals and they're asking for $1.5 million dollars of your dollars to bring it to life.

As with all investigations into the bizarre and paranormal, the details are still a bit vague. The Shadow of The Eternals web site simply shows a counter and the Precursor Games site is dead. Some enterprising people over at NeoGAF grabbed a cached copy of the site that detailed a crowdfunding campaign. Now those too have been swallowed into the abyss. Yet, the gumshoes at IGN dove head-first into the matter and pried some straight answers out of Precursor Games.

Shadows of The Eternal will be launching on the PC and WiiU initially. Starting May 6th, Precursor Games is starting a crowdfunding campaign to make the title. They're asking for $1.5 million, but there will also be the requisite stretch goals, which will include "future episodes, additional characters, additional platforms and in-game perks", according to the developer. Right now, they're looking at replicating the multiple characters and eras from the original game though 12 episodes. Of course, the awesome sanity system will return.

Not much is known about this new studio yet, except that it's Canadian, and ex-Silicon Knights boss Denis Dyack is on board as "chief creative officer". While being billed "from the creators of Eternal Darkness, it's not clear yet how many Silicon Knights vets are on the team. Expect more details once Shadow of The Eternals can officially get it's PR machine rolling next week.

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This could be really cool. I watched a full play-through of Eternal Darkness, and I thought that it was a fantastic concept held back by the limitations of its platform/the technology available.

With better controls (and please bring back Jennifer Hale) I'd totally pick it up.

If this is anywhere close to as good as Sanity's Requiem, I'll be getting it. That's my favorite horror title of all time so far, and one of, if not my most played Gamecube game.

Although, if it keeps the mechanic of technical errors as sanity effects, I will need to get a WiiU for it. While the memory card errors and such were unnerving on the GC, I've never actually had technical issues with it. Those mechanics on the PC however, would be too likely to seem like real errors. Imagine, you're low on sanity and suddenly, bluescreen.

Now, time to replay this!

Derek Dyack is on board for the game? Well, there goes any hope of it being any good. Or coming out on time. I would really like a new ED game, and I would really like to believe it would be good, but... I can't, I just can't. D:

Oh man, if it's anywhere near as good as the first one I'll definitely be picking this up.

IanDavis:
and ex-Silicon Knights boss Derek Dyack is on board as "chief creative officer".

Denis Dyack isn't it

Anyway good news I suppose if it works out.ED was one of the best GC games.Kinda surprised Nintendo didn't pick this up seeing as it's probably one of the most requested sequels from the GC era

Gunna wait for the trailer because..

MetalDooley:

IanDavis:
and ex-Silicon Knights boss Derek Dyack is on board as "chief creative officer".

Denis Dyack isn't it

...One Rune does not a spell make.

MetalDooley:

IanDavis:
and ex-Silicon Knights boss Derek Dyack is on board as "chief creative officer".

Denis Dyack isn't it

Anyway good news I suppose if it works out.ED was one of the best GC games.Kinda surprised Nintendo didn't pick this up seeing as it's probably one of the most requested sequels from the GC era

Were I a betting man then my bet is that they didn't want to conflict their child friendly image of the Wii with a sequel to an M rated game.

I never say this, but an Eternal Darkness sequel... SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

The game that inspired my username?! Gimme!

*Does some internetting*

Okay. IGN has posted a teaser trailer (why do they always get the good stuff first?! *sigh*):

http://ign.com/videos/2013/05/03/shadow-of-the-eternals-teaser-trailer

From what I could tell... this looks like a mixture between an HD remake and some new levels. I recognised Anthony's level in there, but they also seemed to have him standing in the middle of a lava pit, which certainly didn't happen (then again, sanity effects...)

And there was a strange woman hanging about who seemed to know stuff about the book - please tell me we are not going to have everything about the mythology explained to us by her. Eternal Darkness worked because you HAD to work things out for yourself.

Also, no immediate signs of sanity effects in the teaser - and frankly, if you're looking to sell an Eternal Darkness Spiritual Successor, your teaser should be nothing BUT sanity effects...

So I'm cautious. Cautiously optimistic, but cautious...

I'm curious about why it's PC and WiiU. Last case like this, Shovel Knight, had a somewhat obvious explanation. Not sure about this one. Still, if this does get funded, I'm getting it on WiiU. With the first game on the Gamecube, it just feels right.

I'm sorry but I just don't trust Denis Dyack at all. If he is anywhere near this then I am out.

kiri2tsubasa:
Were I a betting man then my bet is that they didn't want to conflict their child friendly image of the Wii with a sequel to an M rated game.

Eternal Darkness was M rated in the states?It only had a 15+ rating here which(if I'm getting the US rating system correct)would be the equivalent of a T rating.I doubt that's the case anyway as their family friendly image hasn't stopped them from publishing Bayonetta 2 which I assume will have a 18+ rating just like the first

Maybe it's to do with the fact that despite being critically acclaimed and a cult classic Eternal Darkness wasn't exactly a massive seller if I remember rightly

MetalDooley:

Eternal Darkness was M rated in the states?It only had a 15+ rating here which(if I'm getting the US rating system correct)would be the equivalent of a T rating.

T starts at 13, M starts at 17. A game that's 15 overseas is likely "too mature" for 13 year olds.

On topic, I might pitch in a few bucks depending on what more info we get.

Now, while I quite liked The Twin Snakes for the gameplay changes it made to the original Metal Gear Solid, Silicon Knights really caught lightning in a bottle with Eternal Darkness and never did anything else noteworthy. So, saying it's the same guys rising from the ashes of that studio... isn't really a heartwarming thought.

MetalDooley:
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In the states the ratings are E (Everyone), E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older), T (Teen), M (Mature), and AO (Adult Only, not sold in retail). Basically the 15+ rating would be our T rating. The M rating means that you have to be 17+ to be able to buy it so it would be the equivalent of the the PEGI 18 rating.

The fact that Dyack is on board actually ruins this for me. I didn't hate Too Human, and ED and Twin Snakes were great, but that guy doesn't inspire confidence in me. I feel like Silicon Knights have had their successes in spite of him, rather than because of him.

shrekfan246:
Now, while I quite liked The Twin Snakes for the gameplay changes it made to the original Metal Gear Solid, Silicon Knights really caught lightning in a bottle with Eternal Darkness and never did anything else noteworthy.

Nothing else noteworthy? Uh, might I direct your attention to a certain Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain? Though I will concede that Silicon Knights never did anything noteworthy AFTER Eternal Darkness.

remnant_phoenix:

shrekfan246:
Now, while I quite liked The Twin Snakes for the gameplay changes it made to the original Metal Gear Solid, Silicon Knights really caught lightning in a bottle with Eternal Darkness and never did anything else noteworthy.

Nothing else noteworthy? Uh, might I direct your attention to a certain Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain? Though I will concede that Silicon Knights never did anything noteworthy AFTER Eternal Darkness.

I'd love my attention to be directed toward it, but it's so old now at this point that I couldn't get it running on my laptop when I tried.

oh MAN!
i have to try really hard to stay cool on this, because FINALLY, after all those years, i can whole-heartedly shout:
shut up and take my money!!

Eternal Darkness needs a sequel sooo bad (and i rarely say that) - there just isn't enough of it yet!
the spellcasting system really was something else, and the insanity effects... pure awesomenessness

2 days to go to shove my money down it's abysmal throat :D

It's amazing how many games have come out of the woodwork now that publishers are no longer required.

i loved eternal darkness. the scene with the bathtub scared the shit out of me back in the day and the way the game fucked with you head and broke the 4th wall was amazing. i have no problem helping this game become a reality but i guess my question would be is it being designed for WiiU and pc separatey, like they did with the witcher 2, or is it just being made for one and then ported to the other. i have no intention of getting a WiiU, as it stands now, and i cant image a pc game that was designed for the WiiU would look or perform particularly well

Zachary Amaranth:

MetalDooley:

Eternal Darkness was M rated in the states?It only had a 15+ rating here which(if I'm getting the US rating system correct)would be the equivalent of a T rating.

T starts at 13, M starts at 17. A game that's 15 overseas is likely "too mature" for 13 year olds.

Ratings here are *very* different, though. The PSN release of Final Fantasy VIII, for instance, has a T rating in the US but a 16+ rating in Europe. I think Final Fantasy IX, XII and XIII have similar discrepancies, too. And then the PS1 release of GTA 2 also got an 18 rating in the UK, while it only got a "T" rating in the US. As far as I know, there's no difference in content, either.

An ESRB M rating normally translates to an 18+ rating on this side of the pond, with just a few exceptions.

OT: I loved Eternal Darkness but I'm going to remain sceptical about this for now. There are an awful lot of indie horror games being made at the moment and at least one AAA horror title, so it has a lot to compete against.

Signa:
The fact that Dyack is on board actually ruins this for me. I didn't hate Too Human, and ED and Twin Snakes were great, but that guy doesn't inspire confidence in me. I feel like Silicon Knights have had their successes in spite of him, rather than because of him.

Have to agree with your sentiment. Fact is, as much as I liked Eternal Darkness at the time, I can't say I have any desire to support a company that that unmitigated asshole is a part of anymore. If he weren't involved I'd be slightly more interested.

shrekfan246:

remnant_phoenix:

shrekfan246:
Now, while I quite liked The Twin Snakes for the gameplay changes it made to the original Metal Gear Solid, Silicon Knights really caught lightning in a bottle with Eternal Darkness and never did anything else noteworthy.

Nothing else noteworthy? Uh, might I direct your attention to a certain Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain? Though I will concede that Silicon Knights never did anything noteworthy AFTER Eternal Darkness.

I'd love my attention to be directed toward it, but it's so old now at this point that I couldn't get it running on my laptop when I tried.

Understandable.

If you have PS3, PSP, or Vita you can get it from PSN for $6. Short of hunting down a working PS1 and the PS1 disc, that's the only other way to play it.

remnant_phoenix:

shrekfan246:

remnant_phoenix:

Nothing else noteworthy? Uh, might I direct your attention to a certain Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain? Though I will concede that Silicon Knights never did anything noteworthy AFTER Eternal Darkness.

I'd love my attention to be directed toward it, but it's so old now at this point that I couldn't get it running on my laptop when I tried.

Understandable.

If you have PS3, PSP, or Vita you can get it from PSN for $6. Short of hunting down a working PS1 and the PS1 disc, that's the only other way to play it.

It's on the PSN?

Hm, I may have to jump on that at some point...

Would I be right in assuming that none of the PS2 titles in the franchise are available on the PSN yet?

nintendo! you have been looking for a way to make people buy the wiiu so pay close attention to this title cause this might just be your gravy train.

Well since we're all here, whatever happened to the rest of the Too Human trilogy? I'm sure that's what we were all really hoping for.

shrekfan246:

remnant_phoenix:

shrekfan246:

I'd love my attention to be directed toward it, but it's so old now at this point that I couldn't get it running on my laptop when I tried.

Understandable.

If you have PS3, PSP, or Vita you can get it from PSN for $6. Short of hunting down a working PS1 and the PS1 disc, that's the only other way to play it.

It's on the PSN?

Hm, I may have to jump on that at some point...

Would I be right in assuming that none of the PS2 titles in the franchise are available on the PSN yet?

Last time I checked many months ago, only the PS1 games (the first Blood Omen and Soul Reaver) were up. I had to track down the PS2 titles in physical form. Hard to find, but GameStop is selling them for 3-7 bucks apiece.

Again, that was about five months ago. Things may have changed since.

NOPE! I absolutely, positively refuse to give them money after what I read about Silicon Knights and Dennis Dyack. He does not deserve anyone's money. This man is known to screw over publisher after publisher and have nothing but cruelty towards his employees, I'm not doing it.

Happiness Assassin:
I'm sorry but I just don't trust Denis Dyack at all. If he is anywhere near this then I am out.

It's a continuation of a GameCube franchise?

kiri2tsubasa:

MetalDooley:

IanDavis:
and ex-Silicon Knights boss Derek Dyack is on board as "chief creative officer".

Denis Dyack isn't it

Anyway good news I suppose if it works out.ED was one of the best GC games.Kinda surprised Nintendo didn't pick this up seeing as it's probably one of the most requested sequels from the GC era

Were I a betting man then my bet is that they didn't want to conflict their child friendly image of the Wii with a sequel to an M rated game.

They're not anywhere near as bad about that as people seem to believe. Examples:

I think the discrepancy comes from Nintendo's first party offerings being family friendly. As in, fun for kids and adults. They're game for third parties bringing screwdrivers to the jugular, decapitation, sex, and a dude taking a shit, but a lot of people seem to look past that.

I was interested until I saw that Dyack was involved. I've met him, and he's kind of a dickweed.

 

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