Precursor Games has put Shadow of the Eternals on hold indefinitely. In a post on the Precursor Games forums, Dennis Dyack, who helped co-found the studio with former colleagues from Silicon Knights, explained that both the game and the team will be taking a bit of a break.
"For those who are not aware, we all worked on this project as a labor of love and self financed 100 per cent of everything for a over a year to try to make Shadow of the Eternals a reality," he said.
"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."
Shadow of the Eternals was to be an episodic spiritual sequel to Silicon Knights' Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. Precursor Games tried several times - unsuccessfully - to fund the game. The first time was via a Kickstarter campaign with a target funding goal of $1.5 million, which was earmarked to create the first episode of the game. About half way through the funding campaign it only managed to raise $300,000 and Precursor canceled it. The company claimed at the time that the cancelation was due to "a host of a new exciting opportunities that will make the game better than we envisioned."
Precursor returned to Kickstarter in July to try again with a lower goal of $750,000. Despite the smaller target goal, the second campaign raised only $320,000 before the deadline passed. While this was happening some bad press hit the company: Ken McCulloch, one of Precursor's co-founders, was arrested at the beginning of July for allegedly being caught with child pornography. While Precursor Games quickly distanced itself from McCulloch, the attention likely hurt the company's funding ambitions.
"Is the project dead? No, but we feel it needs a rest," Dyack said in his post. "We have all agreed as a group that when and if the time is right we will get together and start it up again. Keep your head high everyone and remember what we have accomplished together."