May 13th, 2013


Last week we reported that Precursor Games had started their crowd-funding campaign for Shadow of the Eternals, the spiritual successor to Gamecube’s Eternal Darkness.

Well, mere days ago, a response to a query on Precursor’s Facebook page planted hope that Eternal Darkness might be re-released for Wii U.The dialogue read:

Q. Is there any chance that while in talks with Nintendo you can bring up a possible rerelease of the GameCube’s Eternal Darkeness as a Virtual Console release? It would allow hype to build on the game and allow people who had not played before to get into the series!

A. We will definitely discuss that. Thanks for the suggestion!

This comment from Precursor seems positive considering that they have yet to reach their desired goal of $1.5 Million for Shadow of the Eternals. With 24 days remaining, they have received just over $144,000, less than 10% of their goal.

Don’t get your hopes up just yet, though. Since Precursor certainly wouldn’t want to displease fans with an outright ‘no’ before any concrete decision on the matter has been made, their response to the query wasn’t surprising. What it does mean, however, is that there is hope for a remake. Be it a simple port or an HD revamp, Eternal Darkness certainly deserves the recognition. Only time will tell.

Another great game for Wii U, or just another port? Tell us in the comments!

[via precursorgames]

  • Eliot

    Would be a welcome addition to the VC should the GameCube be added to the service.

  • Luis Gonzalez

    I don’t want this game for virtual console. I would like it to be a full remake. The first Resident Evil remake comes to mind. Maybe a whole new redesign with new levels and exclusives levels on the different paths, so I doesn’t feel so repeatitive when you play the other paths. I think Nintendo should invest in this remake, it will be good PR.
    This is one of my favorites survival/horror games.

  • Lusunup

    I’m getting tired of all these ports 🙁 but also excited because if they are going to port external darkness then… maybe there is a gamecube virtual shop as well! 😀 which would make me less pensive about the whole idea.

    • Zuxs13

      This isn’t a port?

      • Sidney Majurie

        He was talking about if they were to port Eternal Darkness…

        • Zuxs13

          it wouldn’t be a port, it would be an emulation if it was on the VC.

  • D.M.T

    I rather have a true successor of the first game published by Nintendo. The sequel will make use of the Gamepad and will be just as good or better than the first one.

    I never played the first Eternal Darkness but I’m still more interested in playing the sequel than playing an 11 year old game on my new console.

  • Tecpedz94

    Well what do you expect they are asking for way to much!!!

    • Zuxs13

      Way too much? for a game running on crytek engine and based on a great game from the past? This isn’t and angry birds game its much more in the lines of a AAA title.

      • Tecpedz94

        I didn’t say its not worth that much i said its way to much. I was expecting a response like that. They gave a short date to accumulate such an amount while many people dont even know about it…

    • Sidney Majurie

      I they sold this game all together instead of episodic it would cost around $12 million. For a game of this type that is a tiny budget. Most games this size start at $30 million. The engine, voice work, music for this time of game is expensive. I’m actually wondering how they would pull this off with such a tiny budget

      • Tecpedz94

        Yes but most companies make their money after selling the game. I think it be good for them to make a remake of the previous in HD and make money then continue working on the sequel.

  • Consoles are becoming increasingly marginalised in many households thanks to the rise of mobile and tablet gaming, and it’s fair to say that many “casual” players have all but abandoned their dedicated gaming systems as a result. You could argue that things could be even worse for PS4 and the Next Xbox — neither system has the unique hook that the Wii U boasts, and many consumers may struggle to justify the cost. Software support is another big question — sure, plenty of developers and publishers have said they will make games for both consoles, but the same thing happened before the Wii U launched — and look how that has turned out.

    • Zuxs13

      I think the whole concept that “mobile” gaming is taking away casuals etc from home consoles is rather baseless. First mobile games are rather pathetic, even compared to “party” games. Second they have limited multiplayer that is passive rather than active game play (you play a turn then 10 hrs later your friend plays it). third mobiles, as “powerful” as they are, don’t stream netflix, hulu, youtube, etc to your TV. They dont play Blu-ray or DVD’s or CD’s, on your TV/or home theater. And only one person at a time can interact with them at a time, and most households have more than one person in them.

      • pfff

        That multimedia talk annoys me…I think that’s the worst argument for buying a console…
        If people want to watch blu-rays they should just buy a damn blu-ray player!? I know some idiots that bought a PS3 just for those things and when I asked why they bought the thing when they don’t even play games on it they said “I don’t need to buy PS3 games, I’ve got a XBox for games”…and I don’t think that guy’s the only one with that stupid attitude. Some GAMING reviewer even gave the WiiU bad notes because it can’t play Movies (on DVD/Blu-Ray)

        • Zuxs13

          Why does it annoy you? If people buy the console, regardless of the reason, it is a good thing for the manufacture of that console, and indirectly , you as a gamer. Also the PS3 was and still is a great Blu-ray player, and at the time it was released it was 1/3rd the cost of the other blu-ray players on the market. So it was a smart buy for anyone who wanted to add Blu_ray to their home theaters. Also what is wrong with reducing you consumer power consumption be lowering the number of electronics in your household with multi-function devices.

          finally having a console that does mulitple functions with multi media means more people use it. the more people use it in the household them more they spend money on it. The more time I know people who have used my WiiU, the more they have all gone out and bought one for themselves. When they start using the easy to use netflix etc on it, they begin to go “oh i should get Mario U, or play Nintendo Land etc” The more the make these systems do and do well, with out sacrificing game play (*cough* Xbox) the more people will get into the devices.

          • Sidney Majurie

            “Why does it annoy you? If people buy the console, regardless of the
            reason, it is a good thing for the manufacture of that console…”

            Actually no it’s not. Most manufacturers sell their hardware at a loss. They make their money back in software sales. So if you don’t buy software or only buy used games, you’re actually hurting them, not helping them. Wii U only makes a profit after you purchase a game to go with it…

          • Zuxs13

            “Most” yeah i guess 2 out 3 would be most. But since Xbox requires xbox live, a subscription service, in order to use the multimedia functions, they make money. And they have advertisements they make money off from every time you turn on the xbox.

            Also high sales of a device drives down development costs which in turn makes the console become a profit for the company. They usually only sell at a loss in the beginning due to R&D costs that need to be made back up. The more that sell the quicker that R&D costs become recovered.

          • Sidney Majurie

            Not sure where you’re getting your info on this but it’s pretty incorrect. Nintendo is the only company that never took losses on their hardware until the 3DS price cut and Wii U respectively. Only time (so the costs of parts go down), and hardware revisions bring down production costs (taking features out like backwards compatibility, usb slots and card reader removal). That’s why we have the PS3 “Super Slim” still at $299 even with the cheapy design (sliding door instead of automatic disk feeding etc.,). PS3 cost $600 at launch and they were still loosing an estimated $150 per console sold back then. It takes years and multiple streamlined hardware revisions, along with more manufacturing facilities before hardware become profitable. But as of April 2011 “PS3 Slim costs Sony $336.27 to manufacture while Sony then turns around and sells them for $299 in the States.”

            Sony PS3 manufacturing just became profitable in fall of last year. One of the reasons why Sony has just recently been able to post a small profit (that along with shedding many development studios and selling their corporate headquarters buildings). These are the facts dude. Selling more hardware at a loss doesn’t help lower the costs… that’s nonsensical. Just takes time and hardware “streamlining.” You don’t have to take my work for it… a google search will suffice…

        • ludist210

          “I know some idiots that bought a PS3 just for those things and when I asked why they bought the thing when they don’t even play games…”

          To be fair, when the PS3 launched, it was one of the cheapest Blu-Ray players on the market (even as expensive as it was, most good stand-alone Blu-Ray players cost more). So there’s that.

      • Ultranist

        are you living in the year 2007 lol

        • Zuxs13

          oh i forgot here in 2013 Blu-ray, netflix, and streaming media are all things of the past. Today people only want mobile gaming and none of those other features.

  • DID DUDE JUST SAY…..”THANK’S TO HAND HELD AND MOBIE DEVICE’S”?????? sound’s like u hate gaming system’s………..The ”nintendo fearless” will survive.

    • Morits Lian

      You’ve achieved a new level of what the actual fuck.

  • disqus_uRC8Xsukxd

    What is wrong with playing older games on a new console? Ever heard of nostalgia? The ignorance of this new generation of gaming is so crazy!! I wish that people would quit saying its about graphics its about storytelling albeit graphics do help to make a great game but its also about how the game plays and unfolds. CALL OF DUTY IS GARBAGE played every game from the very first one. They were good then now the games have become garbage. The current developers are using your ignorance to make money of you.

    • JVAN63

      I agree! I’m looking forward to being able to play the original, and then the new game when it gets here. And for the haters – If you don’t want to play an old game, then don’t download it! You probably complain about the flavors of ice cream you don’t like when going to Baskin Robbins. From young, stupid and bitter to old, stupid and bitter. What a life path.

    • Saul Rivera

      I’ve never played the campaign of CoD games…I just get them to play multiplayer with friends…but yeah I’m more of a nostalgia gamer too…I surely want a GC virtual console!

  • Morits Lian

    Excuse me, just a positive comment coming through.

  • For a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness, it truly is a shame the crowd-funding campaign for Shadows of the Eternals isn’t doing so hot, although I imagine most of it is attributed to Dennis Dyack, the episodic nature, and the high goal. There aren’t very many video game Kickstarters starting off at $1.5 Mil.

    If Eternal Darkness does come to the Wii U in some form, I think a VC release would be best, as it would help bolster the VC service and the Wii U (not as much, but still something).

  • ludist210

    Why is this up to Precursor Games? Nintendo owns the rights to the Eternal Darkness IP, so that would be solely on them.

    That said, I would likely re-buy it. I owned it at one point, got to the end, and glitched into a place that I would not get out of (and I’m still not sure how it happened), so I’d like to finish it one day.

  • Ducked

    I’ve already beat the original. But yeah I would buy it.

  • Zelly Jeffers

    Yes, please! Eternal Darkness is a favorite and ridiculously underrated.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    an HD remake would be awesome for this game!!!!

  • Jeovany

    I never understand why people hate call duty so much. I mean it the best game ever created like some people say but it isn’t terrible either.

  • C.S. Bailey

    If there is an option for Precursor to remake ED, I’m sure they would make it an HD remake and use that to fund the new game. Who does own the rights to ED anyways?? If it’s Nintendo, I’m not sure why this would be a problem for them. The Wii U needs games, and they have no shame in asking us to pay for remakes, which we do because they’re good.

  • Arthur Jarret

    This is kind of… non-news…

  • juan

    I would so buy it.