Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter relaunched

Thursday, 25th July 2013 17:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

As promised, Precursor Games has relaunched its Kickstarter for Shadow of the Eternals.

This time, the game will no longer be released episodically and one of the stretch goals is for PS4 development alongside PC and Wii U.

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, a story around the history of the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory will be told, and will be a complete game. If more funds are raised through Kickstarter, it will go toward creating “more parts and telling more stories.”

The developer pulled the title from the crowd funding site back in June after the firm felt it had too many “messages” surrounding the formation of a new studio, who all was involved, and failing to focus on detailing the game more.

At the time, Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack said the “noise” over his involvement also added to misconceptions to the already “unclear” funding campaign.

Then, Ken McCulloch, one of Precursor’s founding members and former director at Silicon Knights, was arrested and charged with multiple counts child pornography involvement.

The new crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which will feature the voice talents of David Hayter, is asking for $750,000 instead of the original $1.5 million goal. So far, 370 backers have pledged $16,177.

Denis Dyack told Polygon the firm is no longer asking for the original amount because was able to find additional backing elsewhere.



  1. salarta

    Aaaaand backed. Even though I know you’re just doing what you’re supposed to do, thanks for the news post Stephany!

    Also, David Hayter voice acting just might get some of these people to actually look at the actual game and consider it instead of judging the company making the game over things already resolved that they’d let other companies like Gearbox get away with.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    Did you notice one David Hayter on the voice cast? They also point out two things: that the goal total is what it is due to external investment, as well as that of Precursor; and that PS4 release is a stretch goal…Except, presently the page doesn’t include such a list. And, 90′s-era Sarah Michelle Gellar’s still present in full effect on that character!
    There’s a random, uncaptioned photo of three guys outside of a server room – and, Denis Dyack’s nowhere to be seen.

    @1 Gearbox get away with what, now?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. salarta

    @2: Gearbox has been accused of two major indiscretions: not paying 3D Realms expected royalties for Duke Nukem out of Duke Nukem Forever, and essentially stealing from Sega by taking the money Sega provided for Aliens: Colonial Marines and using a lot of it for Borderlands 2 instead of the game the money was actually meant to be used for.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    No, that wasn’t really what I was asking about. When did Gearbox get away with these well-publicised and discussed actions, though? If you mean legally, well that’s on SEGA, and there I can only suppose that they were advised against pursuing the matter by legal counsel. Or, maybe they didn’t feel they had a case on those grounds. They’re still not talking about how things stand between themselves and Gearbox.

    If you’re simply suggesting that people in general are seeming quicker to forgive/forget Gearbox’s transgressions, than those that occurred with Silicon Knights – that’s not how I am reading the situation. I think that the Gearbox circle has gained itself a new level of scrutiny than existed before.

    There’s a lasting awareness that shenanigans took place on the watch of Gearbox, and the head of the company that had responsibility for Colonial Marines drastically under-delivered, and left the public (through the media, alarmingly enough) with the belief before the game released, that they would be paying for greater than what was delivered. (it wasn’t a case of select footage being used, editing or any marketing angle – they straight-up duped people!)

    While we talk SEGA…Creative Assembly/Aliens. I’d like to learn the status of that.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. salarta

    @4: My focus was indeed more on people being quicker to forgive and forget Gearbox’s transgressions, which is true. People are still willing and eager to buy and play games like Borderlands 2, aren’t they? If people weren’t letting the quality of the games a company makes dictate their so-called “values” on questionable and illegal activity by these companies, then either they’d be giving this game a fair shot moreso than anything Gearbox puts out, or they’d be abstaining from anything Gearbox makes to punish their bad corporate behavior.

    But that’s not how it works. People condemn Precursor Games first and foremost because they didn’t like the games made by a now defunct company many employees came from, but they let Gearbox keep on keeping on because they like the games made by Gearbox. Double standard. The so-called new level of scrutiny means nothing, because all it actually translates into is “I’ll let a company that makes games I like get away with illegal activity, but if they make a couple games I don’t like then they deserve punishment for their illegal activities.”

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    Well, this seems to be getting a decent amount of funding already. The attachment of Hayter’s name probably helps a lot.

    I loved old school Silcon Knights. Legacy of Kain and Eternal Dark are games I remember fondly, but I feel absolutely no obligation to support them. They had their chance, and they failed. Numerous times over.

    I’ll leave my fond memories of the past where they belong – in the past. If you keep hoping to rekindle them, the results are rarely as rosy as you remember. I simply don’t trust them to deliver the goods.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. DSB

    Colonial Marines was shopped out and Duke Nukem was the hopeless swan song of George Broussard and 3D Realms. Gearbox can and should still be held accountable for what they put out, but the projects they actually do see through tend to be quite great, unlike Sillicon Knights.

    Sillicon Knights can’t exactly explain away their gross incompetence or Denis Dyacks failure of leadership by saying they shopped out Too Human, or picked up X-Men from a lesser studio.

    And even if Gearbox were just as incompentent, that still wouldn’t exactly serve to make Denis Dyack and Sillicon Knights less so.

    #7 1 year ago

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