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Shadow of the Eternals

Platform(s): PC, WiiU
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Precursor Games
Release Date: Q3 2014

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'Shadow of the Eternals' (ALL) Kickstarter Campaign Fails

by Rainier on Aug. 27, 2013 @ 3:53 a.m. PDT

Shadow of the Eternals is an episodic psychological horror game where Detective Paul Becker is called upon to solve one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history.

When Detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history, only two survivors remain from a brutal conflict between two rival cults. As Becker begins his interrogations of the suspects, their combined recollections will uncover the truth about the ‘Eternals’.

Featuring an ensemble cast of heroes and villains, Shadow of the Eternals will span over 2500 years of history throughout Egypt, England, Hungary, and the United States. Players will question the perception of reality as they try to balance the mechanics of combat, magick, and sanity events to progress through the adventure.

Shadow of the Eternals will take players on a memorable journey throughout time; weaving historical fact with disturbing fiction to create an experience unlike any other.

After launching its Kickstarter campaign in mid-May, Precursor Games decided to suspend it, claiming community feedback and "a host of a new exciting opportunities." In July, the campaign returned (without any mention of the "exciting opportunities"), but with its funding period expired, it has failed to reach the $750,000 goal, topping out at $323,950.

"It is unfortunate that we were unable to crowd-fund this project at this time, but we have not given up. We intend to pursue other avenues with the ultimate goal of having our games come to fruition."

The premiere episode of Shadow of the Eternals begins when detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest massacres in Louisiana state history at Pleasant View Hospital.  The massacre is survived by two individuals who seemingly have no recollection about who they are or what has transpired - one a suave, clean-cut business man, and the other hardened, rogue-like biker.  Both men have seemingly lost all memory of who they are - yet they are compelled to kill each other.

Becker’s interrogation of the suspects brings us to Hungary 1610 AD at Čachtice Castle – home to the noblewoman Erzébet Bathory. Bathory is also a notorious serial killer; torturing and killing as many as 400 young women in her obsessive quest to retain her youth. You play the role of Bathory’s handmaiden and lover Clara, who is blackmailed by the authorities into gathering information about a missing nobleman’s daughter.

Events are soon set in motion that will change Clara's life forever.

Episode Highlights:

  • Travel back to 1610 Hungary and explore Čachtice Castle – the home of Erzébet Bathory
  • Use a variety of mechanics including magick, combat, and sanity events to guide Clara through this horrific tale
  • Piece together a complex mystery while questioning the perception of reality

The lore of Shadow of the Eternals will be coupled with content that is historically accurate, in that either it did happen during the corresponding time period, or it is reasonable that it could have happened.

Shadow of the Eternals will cover 2500 years of human history in a variety of locations across the globe. Each episode will highlight one of these locations and a unique story featuring characters that are part of a larger ensemble cast. Players will piece together how each character's fate is intertwined with one another as more episodes are released.

Sanity Events will be a vehicle for the game to achieve exploration, storytelling, investigation, and puzzle-solving that will help develop adventure elements.

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