If you owned a GameCube, you likely played Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, one of the most daring titles on the system. The game was notorious for messing with its players, faking controller disconnects and corrupted save files while dishing up a Lovecraftian-horror story that spanned multiple generations.
Today, Silicon Era reports that Precursor Games is working on a spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals, and that a crowd funding campaign will launch on May 6th to finance the project. Dennis Dyack, founder of Silicon Knights and director of Eternal Darkness, is said to be involved.
While this is happy news, as one of the most beloved horror classics in gaming is getting a proper follow up, there is some cause for worry. Dyack’s last unique IP, Too Human, was largely panned by critics, prompting Dyack to become very vocal about the criticisms against his game. Then, Dyack sued Epic Games, makers of the Unreal Engine 3, which is utilized by many modern games in some way or another. The ensuing legal battle and subsequent fallout just about ruined any credibility Dyack had in the game development space, and made him infamous within the dev community as well as the press.
So, when a company that Dyack is involved in asks for money on good faith, I find it hard to pry open my wallet, even on a project this exciting. All we have to go on is the teaser that IGN posted today, and personally, I need a bit more than that before I vote with my dollars.