Precursor Games kicked off its crowdfunding campaign yesterday for the development of Shadow of the Eternals, a spiritual successor to the cult classic 2002 horror game Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. Word of the plans first slipped out at the end of last week, and it seems that the additional, at-the-time-unconfirmed details that came with the reveal trailer were accurate.
Shadow of the Eternals will span 12 episodes and 2,500 years of history, with the first episode focusing on the infamous female serial killer, Elizabeth Bathory, in 17th century Hungary. Precursor is planning to release the first episode on PC and Wii U in the third quarter of 2014.
Eternal Darkness director Denis Dyack is serving as Precursor’s chief creative officer on the game, which sounds like it will share plenty with Eternal Darkness; much like in the earlier game, Shadow of the Eternals players “will question their own perception of reality as they progress through this mind-altering psychological horror,” according to a press release.
Canadian studio Precursor is accepting funding through its own website, since Kickstarter is is limited to the United States, but it follows many of the same rules that Kickstarter imposes. The studio set a target of $1.5 million in 30 days, but development will proceed even if it does not reach that goal, provided that the studio believes it has enough to finish the game. Otherwise, it promises all funding will be returned.
With 30 days still to go, the project has already surpassed 1,600 contributors and $100,000 raised.