Kickstopper: You may never play Shadow of the Eternals

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The remnants of Silicon Knights – yes, including Dennis Dyack – took to kickstarter recently to try to crowdfund a sequel to the frankly fantastic Gamecube gem, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. They wanted $1.35 million to get the game going. With fewer than two weeks to go, they’ve received less than a tenth of that. and now, they’ve postponed the whole crowd-funding process.

Here’s what they say on their kickstarter page:

"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.

"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.

"As we’re closing the current Kickstarter campaign not a single dime from this campaign will be removed from supporters’ accounts and everyone from our website’s crowdfunding campaign will receive full refunds via PayPal. As we re-tool our campaign and continue development, the forums on our site will remain open and active and any interested fans can still join the ‘Order of the Unseen’ to see our progress and join in the fun of creating content for the game themselves.

"We want to thank everyone who has participated, volunteered, and spoken up to support us. You are our community and we value you more than you know. Stay tuned and we’ll be back soon!"

While it could be that they’ve managed to find a publisher and some financial backing, it doesn’t read that way. Seems to me they’ve realised they just weren’t going to hit their target, and will soon re-launch their kickstarter campaign and try make their game using your money at a later stage.

Last Updated: June 5, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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