Silicon Knights seemed effectively dead after losing a costly lawsuit against Epic Games, being forced to destroy their games, and laying off most of their team. While the Silicon Knights official website remains online, it seems the X-Men Destiny developer is no more.
Shadows of the Eternals, a "spiritual successor" to Gamecube horror game Eternal Darkness debuted last Friday. Developed by Precursor Games, the crowdfunded project is said to be "from the creators of Eternal Darkness." But what does that mean, exactly?
An overview of the Precursor Games' Team page reveals a number of Silicon Knights vets--even if the studio's name isn't mentioned. For example, tech director Sean Thompson credits Too Human, while "lore-keeper" Ken McCulloch worked on Legacy of Kain and Eternal Darkness.
Intriguingly, Denis Dyack, the vocal head of Silicon Knights is on the company roster. But, he is not Precursor's CEO. Instead, he serves as chief creative officer. Instead, Paul Caporicci is CEO, having worked on Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes and Too Human. According to his profile, they established the company in July 2012--immediately after losing their legal battle with Epic Games.
These people now want $1.5 million to work on their next game. While fans have been long-clamoring for a sequel to Eternal Darkness, given Silicon Knights' recent track record, you may want to give pause.