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Shadow Of The Eternals Crowd-Funding "Temporarily" Shut Down

Jonathan Lester
Eternal Darkness, Kickstarter, Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals

Shadow Of The Eternals Crowd-Funding "Temporarily" Shut Down

Kickstarter To Relaunch With "New Developments"

Following an incredibly apathetic response from the gaming community, ex-Silicon Knights studio Precursor Games have taken down their Kickstarter campaign for Shadow Of The Eternals. Apparently they've managed to take advantage of some "new developments," which will see the crowd funding relaunch soon.

Details and theories after the jump.

"Since we announced this Kickstarter campaign we have seen more support from our community than we had ever hoped for," reads a statement from Precursor's Paul Caporicci. "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.

"This doesn’t mean we are going away — far from it. We’ll be re-launching the Kickstarter in just a few short weeks with a reveal of these exciting new developments."

Naturally Kickstarter backers haven't paid anything yet, so won't be out of pocket, while those who donated via PayPal will receive a refund.

So, why the delay? Personally, we reckon that three possible scenarios are at play here:

  1. Precursor has found an investor who's willing to fund much of the project. They'll therefore relaunch the campaign at a much more realistic target (not a ludicrous $1.5 million for an episodic series).
  2. Precursor have found a publisher who will only get involved if the campaign secures a certain level of interest/funding. Precursor will therefore need to make a leaner, more attractive campaign that asks for a realistic total for the first episode of the series.
  3. Caporicci and co. have realised that Dennis Dyack's involvement is toxifying the studio and Shadow Of The Eternals itself, seeing as the Unreal Engine code theft, numerous allegations of poor business practices and numerous broken promises regarding game quality still hang over him. Perhaps they plan to kick him out, but hire him on as a contractor?

Or, perhaps, they just realised that the current campaign wasn't going anywhere fast. While I love the idea of a spiritual sequel to Eternal Darkness, asking $1.5 million for an episodic series that should start to make money from the very first episode is a bit on the insulting optimistic side. We look forward to seeing what happens next.

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