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After two failed Kickstarter attempts to fund its first project, Precursor Games has broken up.
The company housed several members of Silicon Knights, a studio best remembered for the GameCube’s Eternal Darkness before legal problems and disappointing games like Too Human and X-Men: Destiny severely hurt its reputation. Denis Dyack, formerly Silicon Knights’ president, served as Precursor Game’s chief creative officer.
Precursor Games attempted to crowdfund a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness, called Shadow of the Eternals, first on its own website and then on Kickstarter. It originally asked for $1.5 million, but it cancelled the campaign and soon relaunched with a smaller $750,000 goal. It only raised $323,950.
“Many of us will be taking a break,” Dyack posted on the company’s forums (as first spotted by Eurogamer). “For those who are not aware, we all worked on this project as a labor of love and self-financed 100 percent of everything for over a year to try to make Shadow of the Eternals a reality. Although we did not succeed on doing this, we succeeded in making many friends and starting something that we hope provided value for those involved. We have no regrets.”
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Still, Dyack refuses to bury Shadow of the Eternals. “Is the project dead?” he wrote in his message. “No, but we feel it needs a rest too. We have all agreed as a group that when and if the time is right we will get together and start it up again.”
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