‘Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem’ was, and remains, a cult hit among fans of the Gamecube and survival horror games alike. Unfortunately, the story of the game’s sequel (spiritual or otherwise) is one full of struggle. Most recently, however, the company working on ‘Eternal Darkness”s spiritual successor (Precursor Games) has relaunched the game’s Kickstarter page (as reported by Justin Ling of Realm of Gaming).
Precursor Games’ campaign is strange, however. The Kickstarter page and video make it clear that the game is the spiritual successor of ‘Eternal Darkness,’ but the video goes further, beginning outright with a series of clips from said game. Plus, the setting of multiple, stories that span the centuries within the frame of an investigation mimics the same framing device found in ‘Eternal Darkness.’ ‘Shadow of the Eternals’ will also use the famed Gamecube game’s “Sanity Effects,” alterations to gameplay that come into effect when the player character starts to lose his/her sanity.
Thickening this latest development is what Nintendo’s been doing with their 11 year old property. Daniel George of GameSided reported on 27 July that Nintendo has reapplied to maintain the trademark for ‘Eternal Darkness.’ George speculates that this reapplication could mean that Nintendo plans to put the game on the Wii U Virtual Console, possibly with some improvements. He also notes that this could be a measure to keep Denis Dyack of Precursor Games from profiting from ‘Shadow of the Eternals.’
The last possibility may seem the most likely, given the fate of Dyack’s previous efforts with an ‘Eternal Darkness’ sequel, but Nintendo’s reapplication could point to something more positive. It could be that the Big N is merely planning to release ‘Eternal Darkness’ on the Virtual Console ahead of ‘Shadow of the Eternals’ to create some buzz.
Perhaps this is overly optimistic, but based on the promotional material that Precursor Games’ has on their Kickstarter page, they’re not shy about the connection that Shadow of the Eternals has to ‘Eternal Darkness.’ It’s also clear that the game’s been in development for some time – even between their previous Kickstarter campaigns and now. Nintendo has cancelled other fan remakes and projects much earlier in their development.
Ultimately, it seems much more likely that Nintendo is only looking to ensure that they can profit off of the buzz around ‘Shadow of the Eternals’ and the revived interest in ‘Eternal Darkness’ that it’s likely to create. After all, the only other survival horror exclusive to the Wii U to date has been Zombi U, the poor performance of which (along with the Wii U’s own slow sales) contributed to Ubisoft’s decision to make its former Wii U exclusives for other next generation consoles as well.
‘Shadow of the Eternals’ on the other hand, offers a connection to a cult classic that Nintendo is fully able to capitalize on and that already has a ready-made audience. That alone sets ‘Shadow of the Eternals’ apart amongst risky spiritual successors that the Big N has shut down.
If you’re interested in contributing to the ‘Shadow of the Eternals’ Kickstarter campaign, you can do so here.
What do you think Nintendo’s trademark reapplication means for ‘Shadow of the Eternals’? Will the game see a smooth development at last?
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