Shadow of the Eternals dev: "We have not given up"

After Kickstarter campaign comes up short, Precursor Games thanks fans for support, says it will "pursue other avenues" to bring Eternal Darkness spiritual successor to market.

The Shadow of the Eternals campaign ended Friday evening at midnight well short of its target, but developer Precursor Games is not giving up just yet.

In an update to the project's Kickstarter page, the company thanked fans and partners for their support and said it will "pursue other avenues" to bring the Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem spiritual successor to market.

"It is unfortunate that we were unable to crowd-fund this project at this time, but we have not given up," Precursor Games said in a statement. "We intend to pursue other avenues with the ultimate goal of having our games come to fruition."

The campaign concluded this weekend at $323,950, less than half of its $750,000 goal. A total of 5,932 people backed the project.

The game's Kickstarter campaign was relaunched on July 25 and featured a commitment from Metal Gear Solid voice actor David Hayter to play the lead role of detective Paul Becker.

The game's initial Kickstarter campaign was suspended in June over "new and exciting opportunities," according to developer Precursor Games.

Shadow of the Eternals was scheduled to launch by October 2014 on PC and Wii U. For more, check out GameSpot's interview with Precursor Games founder Denis Dyack.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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85 comments
91210user
91210user

I shouldn't underestimate them now. They got the result and my best guess is that they will start small and grow to what players want in the long term.

lostn
lostn

Shadow of the Eternals dev: "We have not given up"

Common sense: "Well maybe you should?"

Hurvl
Hurvl

Other avenues? Like the "new and exciting opportunities" that made you launch a second Kickstarter, that then failed? You'd have more luck with old and dull opportunities.

youngzen69
youngzen69

Just look at the freeze shot of Denis Dyack above. You just gotta love that smile.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Nobody is gonna give this lying, cheating, fat bag of shit anything. This guy stopped making real games after Too Human, and that was way back in 2005 or 6. That's why Dennis Dyack turned to Kickstarter, because no publisher will give him the time of day. He's a theif and a crook and should be in jail for embezzling.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

No one wants Denis Dyack and a pack of code thieves to make their games.  Why is this surprising?

hadlee73
hadlee73

David Hayter: "Great, there goes another job." :P

Veenox
Veenox

Why the hell are you giving this project so much coverage when it didn't deliver while there's tons of other great game projects!! (You know, Project Phoenix, anyone?)

derceto
derceto

Dyack's presence is certainly not helping in public excitement of this project.  If they are going to move forward with it, and achieve funding, I can only hope that Denis has learned from his mistakes.   I'm all for 2nd and even 3rd chances, but, if he drops the ball on this one, I'm thinking that will be the end of his developer career.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If Dyack's shady ass wasn't apart of this, Precursor probably would have garnered more support and met their goal.

santinegrete
santinegrete

What they'll do now? Work for outsourced applications to keep the project alive?

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

This is good news. I hope we will see a good secuel to Eternal Darkness in the near future. :-)

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

I bet if almost any other company would pitch this exact same game it would pass it's goal. The biggest reason this game keeps failing is because Denis Dyack is attached to the studio. Nobody wants him to be even slightly involved with any game because he will turn it into another Too Human or X-Men Destiny. He is your a text book shady, con man, weasel.

Evan0605
Evan0605

the problem was they started a PayPal on their site which reached about 200k. They stopped that funding to do Kickstarter, which reached I believe 100k+ but cancelled it. Then they come back with another Kickstarter and only reach 300k+. Seems like to me the PayPal on their site was getting more attention and at least they can keep all those "donations". Instead they refunded everyone then went to Kickstarter twice and lost. Very confusing on their part. I like the concept and demo of the game but just poor management. They had the PR from IGN and Gamespot. Kickstarter is not a reliable crowd.

straightcur
straightcur

this fail is a good thing.  guaranteeing a profit for them before they even make the game gives them no incentive to make it good.  now they are forced to make the best game possible so it actually sells and they can make their profit.....  this is how capitalism works!   stop preordering, it only hurts everyone in the end.

JoSilver
JoSilver

Nintendo! POUR A SHIT TON OF MONEY IN TO THIS!!! DO IT!!! DO IT!!!!!

Blu3V3nom07
Blu3V3nom07

They should do a KickStarter Hardened Edition.

jnco10999
jnco10999

So do people get their money back or what? If the game never goes into fruition, that is pretty much stealing.

lintybuds99
lintybuds99

i loved eternal darkness and i would have loved to see the spiritual successor but they made it into individual episodes and that makes me uneasy. 

RoyialNetwork
RoyialNetwork

Well apart from bad PR and the guy being arrested its pretty clear no one wants this anymore. At least not from My. Dyack. I don't normally like hating one particular people. But you Mr. Dyack are a slime ball and wouldn't trust you as far as I could throw you, which isn't gonna be very far. Maybe some other people with a real passion who can make great games will pick this up.

eriktkire
eriktkire

of failed kickstarter game campaigns, the only one I can think of that I'd still still like to see get done is McGee's OZombie

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Consumers have spoken.  They aren't interested at the price you're charging.  Maybe try pixel art or dirt cheap engine like Unity.

ghost590
ghost590

its time to give up and close your doors

Argent-de-C
Argent-de-C

i think its time to give up...

kickstarter aint working!

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

I don't think they should try kickstarter again.  It would probably be better if they go to other sources of crowd funding like Star Citizen.  Star Citizen has made so much more money than it ever would if they just relied on kickstarter.

VR_Verdugo
VR_Verdugo

Perhaps they should scale back their ambitions and pitch something with a more realistic budget for the market they're trying to reach.

wexorian
wexorian

They gathered 750k+ with 3 kickstarter i think

TwinSnakes1989
TwinSnakes1989

Talk to major publishers. I don't even own a WiiU but i'm sure Nintendo would consider funding the development

Although id prefer Sony to pinch it as I will be purchasing a PS4 at some point XD

lostn
lostn

@Hurvl There weren't any. They cut the funding target from 1.5 mil to 750k, which implies they found a financier willing to put in 750k. What kind of financier is willing to fund only that much? They could have asked for another 750k, and that would have been enough.

They won't reveal the source of their funding, I suspect because there isn't one. They tried to release a scaled down game instead for half the cost. 

And if this game still ends up getting made because they found some other source of funding, I can only suspect they were always going to go to this source, even if the KS succeeded, and the pledge money would have just been seen as bonus money pocketed by Precursor. 

aboki808
aboki808

@Veenox I haven't seen any game play on project phoenix, it's just a pitch idea. atleast enternal darkness has some game play footage.  I'm not supporting any of them. But just saying AAA random people != AAA game.

the_real_luigi
the_real_luigi

@Veenox Because Eternal Darkness was down right Awesome and this is in hopes of getting a great sequel!

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

@SavoyPrime Gamespot looks really dumb now,  doing that video interview with him about the game,  which might not end up getting made.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Evan0605

kickstarter is lousy and lacking on certain area. 

by far Indiegogo is the best platform for crowdfunding, they had option for flexible funding which is pretty useful to some projects.

megagood2345
megagood2345

@straightcur You don't understand capitalism very well, starting with the "capital" part, specifically its role in helping new ventures get started before they have revenue.  

ignautius
ignautius

@straightcur To say that they're being guaranteed profit before making the game without actually knowing their budget might be a little presumptuous.

Currently, it seems like they can't MAKE the game, so whether or not they have incentive to make it "good" is irrelevant.

The developer-publisher relationship is so messed up in the industry right now, if fans can take the spot of the publisher and provide the money needed to make the game... that's the only way some smaller studios get their product out.  Letting giant publishers hold the only keys to popularity and success isn't doing anyone any good.

Kickstarter is also how capitalism works.  The market tells you what you're worth, and if the market says that your game is worth being funded AND then also purchased by the fans... that's capitalism.  As long as people are volunteering their money, that's all that matters.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@JoSilver Nintendo despises Denis Dyack and friends.  Why would they ever do this?

LE5LO
LE5LO

@jnco10999 The transaction doesn't happen until the project reaches its goal, if it doesn't reach it, they don't take anything.

bonesawisready5
bonesawisready5

@lintybuds99 You should have checked out their new campaign where they clearly stated they changed it to one long game instead of episodes.

kohle36
kohle36

@RoyialNetwork He's pretty universally hated it seems, I'm curious, what exactly did he do to piss everyone off so much? As far as I can tell, it's based on a single Kotaku article, but granted I haven't really paid much attention.

komuchen
komuchen

@rtircoklled the thing is, they didn't make it, unlike star citizen, so for what would you give them money?

Crossel777
Crossel777

@wexorian They don't get any of the money if it doesn't hit the goal.  It all goes back to the people that backed the project.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@aboki808 @Veenox Yeah but the Project Phoenix people didn't defraud any publishers to make that gameplay footage, like Silicon Knights did.

Veenox
Veenox

@aboki808 I think you're missing the point on funding a project, funding an idea! Don't be fooled by a simple footage saying it's actual gameplay this early on a project. What I'm trying to say is that if it didn't even reach the minimum goal, there's a problem and GS doesn't need to keep shoveling us with these news while there's plenty of other to tell us about!

eriktkire
eriktkire

@Crossel777 actually to be more accurate, it never gets taken out of people's credit/debit cards until the timer hits zero AND they hit the minimum goal.

kohle36
kohle36

@Thanatos2k @RoyialNetwork Wow, that was...depressing. Makes me wish Eternal Darkness eventually comes to Virtual Console, seeing as SoE is probably not happening at this point. Also, someone put Dark Legions on GoG please. I love that game.