By Nathan Grayson on June 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am.
Shadow of the Eternals began life in the shadow of its own murky history, and perhaps partially as a result of that, its marathon crowdfunding drive didn’t exactly get off to a running start. And now, as more recent history has suggested is the natural way of things, the Eternal Darkness spiritual successor will soon vanish from Kickstarter – as though a sanity straining illusion or incredibly frightening house plant in the night. But things aren’t as simple as they seem. Apparently Precursor has come across “a host of new exciting opportunities” that require them to kick their Kickstarter back to square one. The Eternals are taking a little time off, but – as their name suggests – they’re definitely not going anywhere.
Precursor explained the sudden turn of events in a quick, rather cryptic update on their website:
“Since we announced this Kickstarter campaign we have seen more support from our community than we had ever hoped for. Along with this support has come a host of a new exciting opportunities that will make the game better than we envisioned. As a result, we have chosen to temporarily take down the Shadow of the Eternals crowdfunding campaigns on both Kickstarter and our own website.”
“This doesn’t mean we are going away – far from it. We’ll be re-launching the Kickstarter in just a few short weeks with a reveal of these exciting new developments.”
Naturally, Kickstarter backers won’t be charged a dime, and supporters on Shadow of the Eternals’ web-based house of horrors will receive full refunds.
As for what exactly happens next, I’m actually at a bit of a loss. Usually, “exciting new developments” means “we have intertwined monetary tubules with a publisher” in crowdfund-ese, but I can’t think of a time that’s resulted in a second round of pleas for our money. This could just be a relaunch for the purpose of drumming up fresh interest, but Precursor would need some big additions to stop the whole thing from stalling out miles from the finish line again.
That’s all I’ve got at the moment. Any other ideas?