Wednesday, December 18, 2013

317 Days 'til Halloween...

Scare o' the Day...

Video Game

Shadow of the Eternals

I can't be the only person devastated by the fact that Precursor Games won't be making Shadow of the Eternals any time soon.

Shadow of the Eternals was planned to be the spiritual successor to my favorite video game of all time, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. Eternal Darkness debuted on the Nintendo Gamecube back in 2002, and since that time, I've been praying for a sequel. (I've also been praying that Eternal Darkness would be ported to the Nintendo 3DS, but that doesn't look like it's happening, either.)

Eternal Darkness told the story of the Roivas Family and their connection to an ancient text, The Tome of Eternal Darkness. The game spanned centuries and flashed back and forth through time and space. It contained the kind of eldritch horrors and cyclopean vistas that would have made H.P. Lovecraft proud. 

Eternal Darkness also featured a novel gameplay mechanic, the Sanity Meter. As your character faced more and more unnamable terrors, his or her sanity would slowly deteriorate, until eventually, total madness and death were the result.

Eternal Darkness was a slow-burn and vastly different than the other survival horror games of the day. It relied on creeping dread rather than jump scares and was like watching a great scary movie while reading a great scary book while playing a great scary game.

It was a lot of fun!  I still own my copy, even though I don't have anything to play it on.   

In 2013, Eternal Darkness Director, Denis Dyack, announced the crowd-funding campaign for Shadow of the Eternals. (And there was much rejoicing!) As you can see from the gameplay video below, Shadow of the Eternals was going to be very much the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness. But after two unsuccessful crowd funding bids, Precursor sadly announced that they were putting their plans for Shadow of the Eternals on hold... indefinitely.

You can see what might have been at The Shadow of the Eternals - Youtube Channel.  And, check out the gameplay demo below!

Shadow of the Eternals - Gameplay Demo

Running Time:  9 min : 37 sec




Happy Halloween!!