If you haven’t played Eternal Darkness (and I recommend that you do), Eternal Darkness was a survival horror game released by Silicon Knights for the Gamecube. The game follows the story of Alex Roivas as she explores the mysteries surrounding te death of her late grandfather. Despite it being critically acclaimed, the game sold poorly as Silicon Knights went on to make Too Human which was… less good. Either way John Dobbie, the former assistant lead artist for the game showed of some really interesting concept art showing more alternative endings which reveals unused ideas not used in the final game (Eternal Darkness had four endings when it was finally released.) It definetly helps to expand on what was already a very well defined world and it is well worth a look if you were a fan of the original game.
Last month Nintendo let the Eternal Darkness trademark fall through, but the company took the time to finally get it re-registered on February 10th.
Whether or not Nintendo actually has plans for the franchise is unknown at the moment. The last we heard from the development team behind Eternal Darkness, Silicon Knights, is that the cards were still on the table with Nintendo and that there was a strong change the series would return. But, we haven’t heard anything regarding the franchise recently.
Or Nintendo could simply just be protecting the term.
Silicon Knights’s Denis Dyack has been teasing the possible sequel to the Gamecube’s survival horror game Eternal Darkness for quite a few years now. While he never confirmed anything, he always said that they were intrested in doing the title and that there was still a chance for the series. Unfortunately it seems that it might not be the case anymore.
Nintendo dropped the trademark for the franchise which probably means they have no intent on continuing it at this time. While it doesn’t completely kill any chance of a sequel being made, it does make it less likely we will ever see one again.
I’m not too surprised though. Eternal Darkness, for the most part, is somewhat of a cult classic. And with games like Cursed Mountain, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Fatal Frame IV, and JU-ON The Grudge doing poorly in the sales department of Wii it doesn’t seem like there’s really any demand for survival horror titles.
With the Resident Evil marathon only a week away, it’s good to see another scary cartoon.
Last year’s Halloween show was more about horror games in general than any one series, and one of those games was Eternal Darkness. I love ED so I immediately set to work making this short.