Jun 5th, 2013


After having launched only a few weeks ago, Precursor Games has officially closed its Kickstarter campaign, though the company says its good news that it’s doing so.

“Since we announced this Kickstarter campaign we have seen more support from our community than we had ever hoped for. Along with this support has come a host of a new exciting opportunities that will make the game better than we envisioned. As a result, we have chosen to temporarily take down the Shadow of the Eternals crowdfunding campaigns on both Kickstarter and our own website on Thursday, June 6.”

Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci stated that the move doesn’t mean that Precursor Games is going anywhere, but rather that the team received new opportunities and wants to pursue those new developments. This most likely means they obtained a publisher interested in funding the project and they no longer need donations from fans.

This takedown seems a bit shady even if Precursor managed to secure funding from a publisher, as neither the homegrown crowdfunding website nor the Kickstarter was anywhere close to receiving the amount of funds wanted. Precursor Games has received a bit of flak for how Silicon Knights ended and the shutdown of all its crowdfunding efforts brings them further into suspicion. Even still, Caporicci has promised that backers on the Precursor Games website will receive a full refund via PayPal.

The Kickstarter had less than 13 days to go and secured less than 10% of the 1.35 million budget asked, so it’s highly unlikely that the project would have been successful had the team let it continue.

[via Kickstarter]

  • John Andalora

    Hope things go well for them.

  • Jim Wanstall

    I really do like the look of the this game, hope all goes well and we see this game on the Wii U in the near future

  • Elem187

    I actually was predicting this… When I read about their kickstarter I was thinking if it showed enough interest from fans, sooner or later a publisher would want to pick it up because there is obviously some interest there which translate to less risk from a publishers point of view because it appears enough fans want it and are willing to prebuy it essentially what you are doing with a kickstarter is buying the product before its done.

    Crossing my fingers, I hope its Nintendo funding it 😉

  • Arthur Jarret

    Darn. He was recently talking about the opportunities for this game on Xbox One. So recent, in fact – I’m afraid this game will never see release on PC or Wii U.

    Edit: Just two days ago: http://wiiudaily.com/2013/06/shadow-of-the-eternals-platforms/

    I’m calling it: Microsoft bought the game and it’ll be an Xbox one exclusive. The question is: Will it be a game or a TV show?

    • Samuel Mungy

      Directed by Spielberg most likely.

    • Joshua Brodie

      I don’t understand why companies are trying to turn my beloved games into a tv show. I don’t care about nor want tv shows based on video games. I just want the video game it self.

      • Adrian

        Similarly, I don’t care about the drama or company decisions surrounding the development of a game. I just want the game (not this game in particular, but generally speaking).

    • Aldebaran

      Yeah that’s what I was most afraid of.

      It looks like MS will make the game exclusive to ramp up hype and try to make people forget the bad reception and at least some of those infamous problems.

      If nothing else they’ve got the money…


      Microsoft is like a client hiring mercenaries to do their job and when their contract is gone, they’re done. Nintendo buys their companies and makes their own.

  • D.M.T

    Nintendo needs to fund this game and make it a Wii U exclusive.

    • RockGod

      That is exactly what I’ve been hoping would happen ever since this game was revealed. A well trusted publisher like Nintendo is what this game needed, plus then they can make it an ACTUAL sequel to Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem.

  • More than you hoped for? Than why did you make the goal a million? XD

    • Revolution5268

      take a guess, not for development of the game to make it better, but to make it multiplat on many consoles due to its popularity.

      • plum

        he’s right…They were kinda greedy. I mean…they didn’t even know if they’re able to release the planned PC/WiiU versions and asked for more money before getting enough for the main idea/project….

  • Laud

    Isn’t it strange how indie/mobile games always reach their mark but the moment a really awesome game comes along no one really cares for it. Not even the PC gamers did… I’m the only one who backed it =

    • The problem for most people was the shady history behind Dennis Dyack and Silicon Knights.

    • ICHI

      You’re not the only one, but then I understand why due to the problems with Dyack. Perhaps they should have kept quiet about his involvement?

    • RockGod

      You’re not alone. I was so excited hearing about this game that I broke out my GCN and am at the end of my second play through right now. I really hope Nintendo is involved in this in some way for both parties involved and more importantly for the sake of making this an actual sequel.

  • FoxMulder900

    I will be disappointed if we don’t see this on Wii U, but in the end I just want to see it made on any platform!

    • Revolution5268

      I’ll be even more disappointed if the wii u ver is crappy port, missing this and that.

  • Brandon Broussard

    I will not support this effort unless it’s a Wii U exclusive.

  • plum

    wasn’t there something in the original game, that’s still property of Nintendo!?
    I doubt they could make a (good) sequel if they didn’t include those things in SotE…

    • CyanideInsanity

      This isn’t actually a sequel per se, but spiritual successor.

      • RockGod

        That is true, but if Nintendo did publish it… it could become an actual sequel. As Nintendo owns rights to the Eternal Darkness name and the sanity meter used in the original game.
        Nintendo publishing this game is the ONLY way it could ever become Eternal Darkness 2: Shadow Of The Eternals

  • Christopher Johnson

    good lmao

  • DeedsGaming .

    Haha, what did I say

  • Robknoxious1

    “This takedown seems a bit shady”

    Just curious – shady in what sense? Kickstarter won’t charge anyone since the project wasn’t funded and Precursor says the will refund the donations on their other crowdfunding site so I assume you don’t mean shady from a misappropriation of money standpoint.

    Just looking for clarification.

  • polynomer

    “This takedown seems a bit shady even if Precursor managed to secure
    funding from a publisher, as neither the homegrown crowdfunding website
    nor the Kickstarter was anywhere close to receiving the amount of funds
    wanted. Precursor Games has received a bit of flak for how Silicon
    Knights ended and the shutdown of all its crowdfunding efforts brings
    them further into suspicion.”

    How exactly is this particular move “shady”? Why does the shut down of a Kickstarter bring them “into suspicion”?

    adjective, shad·i·er, shad·i·est.
    1. abounding in shade; shaded: shady paths.
    2. giving shade: a shady tree.
    3. shadowy; indistinct; spectral.
    4. of dubious character; rather disreputable: shady dealings.

    It wasn’t the fact that Precursor is made up of former employees of a company that lost a massive lawsuit that’s shady. No, it’s the fact that they’re taking down the Kickstarter that’s shady. Tell me, HOW is that shady.

    With this level of amateur journalism, you have less creditability than Fox News.

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  • Rich Rane

    Wii U or PC only owners should yell for their donations back if it’s an X-Box One exclusive.

  • Leo

    It will be a funny tragedy if this game ended up being an XBONE exclusive after Nintendo fans have PAID for it. Lol

  • Zombie_Andrew

    My bet is that it’s now an XBO exclusive. But serves Nintendo right for not funding it in the first place. As much as I love Nintendo they can be DUMB MOTHERF*CKERS when it comes to seizing opportunities.

    I’m just hoping that their relationship with google grows, ever since Nintendo said they’ve been experimenting with Android apps on the Wii U I’ve been wanting a Google/Nintendo partnership. I’d love to be able to transfer my google play account and play all my android games on my Wii U when I get back from work and be able to transfer save data via the cloud. Also it’d be great if google helped with an android app, remote play, streamlining the OS and allowing nintendo to use the chromium coding for their browser as an optional bonus

  • audi lover

    EA published guaranteed now

  • ZeldaFan83

    Precursor Games said that they will restart a new kickstarter in a couple weeks that is more reasonable with new features and exciting developments. They still plan on doing episodic content which allows gamers to help make a game that they want to play and put in content /features/changes that they want to see in future episodes. They might have got a publisher or a large funding for the Pilot episode and will still use crowdfunding/kickstarter for future episodes which will be significantly lower than the main pilot episode.

  • I’m going to be pissed if this new partner is not Nintendo.

  • iceazeama

    shit microsoft bought it, it looks like SK will be driven to insanity like rareware was.

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    If this is an Xbox One exclusive…both Nintendo AND Microsoft will suffer equally, since Nintendo fans know the storyline of the pre-ceeding game and won’t know how the story continues while X-One owners will have no feelings of nostalgia and possibly no idea to the story’s references of the past title since Xbox only owners will never be able to play the original ED on a Microsoft console because it was published by Nintendo. Just please God, don’t let Microsoft steal this title of us, take Banjo-Kazooie if you must but not Eternal freaking Darknessssssss……

  • Nolan ArchLord

    I guess if Microsoft has it, those of you who are upset are feeling what Bayonetta 1 fans are at this moment.