The internet was set ablaze last week when news of a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness was announced. The new project, titled Shadow of the Eternals, is everything that fans of the cult classic Gamecube title could hope for. For one thing, the development studio Precursor Games is largely made up of former Silicon Knights employees, the original minds behind the psychological horror game. If that weren’t enough incentive to put faith in the upcoming project, it was later revealed that Shadow of the Eternals is even using art and assets originally developed for an official sequel called Eternal Darkness 2, before the deal fell through.
Getting back to the matter at hand, Precursor Games initially set out to raise $1.5 million through their own independent fundraising campaign. But since it launched a week ago, the team has only managed to secure roughly 10% of the intended goal. With that in mind, many in the industry suggested that taking the project to Kickstarter could produce better results; as the general public and potential backers are more likely to support a campaign through a service they trust, such as Kickstarter, as opposed to a privately hosted campaign. Precursor Games seemingly took those thoughts to heart, and as of this morning, officially launched the Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter. The intended target they’re looking to reach is $1.35 million, which is roughly the remaining balance off the grand total after factoring in previous pledges from the private campaign.
For those who’ve already donated, the team at Precursor want to show their appreciation in the form of “an exclusive Whateley Expose; a digital collection of materials containing lore, manuscripts and clues.” Additionally, early backers will also be rewarded with an exclusive forum badge.
If funded, Shadow of the Eternals is slated to be released on Wii U and PC sometime next year. To kick off the new campaign with a bang, Precursor Games also revealed a 9-minute gameplay demo of the game in action. Take a look:
Do you folks plan on pledging toward the Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter? What do you think of the gameplay trailer? Was this the sequel to Eternal Darkness you were hoping for? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook, or give us the ‘ol +1 on Google+.