It’s been over a decade since Silicon Knights and Nintendo published Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, a clever and relentlessly bleak Lovecraftian survival horror for the GameCube. There have been rumours of a sequel ever since, but after faltering on some ambitious titles, Silicon Knights fell on hard times -with lawsuits, layoffs, and bad press to follow.
However, the little-known Canadian studio Precursor Games (whose website was dead or down at the time of writing this article) has just announced Shadow of the Eternals, a “spiritual successor” to Eternal Darkness, complete with a teaser video that shows some pretty advanced assets (including glimpses of the chapel in Amiens and a room housing the Tome of Eternal Darkness) considering that a crowdfunding campaign is set to be launched for the title in two days. Silicon Knights head Denis Dyack will be involved with the game, which will be released in installments à la The Walking Dead and recalling the episodic design of Eternal Darkness. Precursor Games confirmed that the following plot synopsis, which may have been leaked ahead of schedule, is of Shadow of the Eternals:
When Detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history, only two survivors remain from a brutal conflict between two rival cults. As Becker begins his interrogations of the suspects, their combined recollections will uncover the truth about the ‘Eternals’.
Featuring an ensemble cast of heroes and villains, Shadow of the Eternals will span over 2500 years of history throughout Egypt, England, Hungary, and the United States. Players will question the perception of reality as they try to balance the mechanics of combat, magick, and sanity events to progress through the adventure.
Shadow of the Eternals will take players on a memorable journey throughout time; weaving historical fact with disturbing fiction to create an experience unlike any other.
Crowdfunding for Shadow of the Eternals begins on May 6th, and the title is set for release in 2014. Here’s hoping Precursor can shake off Silicon Knights’ recent history and recapture Eternal Darkness‘ magic.