Denis Dyack and his studio Silicon Knights lost a once-sterling reputation after a string of poorly received games, scandals, and costly lawsuits. And though that studio shut its doors in 2012, Dyack gave it another go in 2013, starting a new studio called Precursor Games. The plan? Return to SK's Eternal Darkness glory days with a spiritual sequel, titled Shadow of the Eternals. Thing is, you can change the name of the studio, but shaking a bad reputation isn't so easy, and the subsequent Shadow of the Eternals funding campaign proved to be a story too tragic to be comical.
Precursor asked for $1.5 million directly through its website in a is-this-a-scam?, faux-Kickstarter campaign, but then gave up after failing to reach even 25 percent of its goal. The company rebooted the project as an honest-to-god Kickstarter, but again couldn't reach its new $750,000 ask. And then, the sideshow. The notoriously defensive Dyack continued to fly the SK banner, quixotically defending his former studio's reputation. And then one of his employees was arrested--for trafficking in kiddie porn. So, you know, Precursor isn't really a studio anymore, and Shadow of the Eternals is on indefinite hold.