In a backers update posted on Kickstarter, organizers of the crowdfunding campaign for Shadows of the Eternals has announced they are at least temporarily pulling their campaign. Previously there were rumblings that if the crowdfunding campaign was not successful, the game most likely would not come to market as they had no other sources of funding.
The note by Paul Caporicci for the entire Precursor Team, which was posted on Kicktarter is copied below:
To our community,
Since we announced this Kickstarter campaign we have seen more support from our community than we had ever hoped for. Along with this support has come a host of a new exciting opportunities that will make the game better than we envisioned. As a result, we have chosen to temporarily take down the Shadow of the Eternals crowdfunding campaigns on both Kickstarter and our own website on Thursday, June 6.
This doesn’t mean we are going away — far from it. We’ll be re-launching the Kickstarter in just a few short weeks with a reveal of these exciting new developments.
As we’re closing the current Kickstarter campaign not a single dime from this campaign will be removed from supporters’ accounts and everyone from our website’s crowdfunding campaign will receive full refunds via PayPal. As we re-tool our campaign and continue development, the forums on our site will remain open and active and any interested fans can still join the ‘Order of the Unseen’ to see our progress and join in the fun of creating content for the game themselves.
— Paul Caporicci + Precursor team
The advent of crowdfunding has created a tectonic shift in financing of popular video games. There have been more than a few, high profile, very successful crowdfunding campaigns for the gaming industry. There have also been multiple campaigns which have not reached their goal.
Shadows of the Eternals had posted a goal of $1.35 Million but stood at just over $127,000 raised as of today. Over 2401 backers had supported their cause. Comments on both Kickstarter and Precursors forum were largely supportive and understanding of the change as they await the relaunch of the campaign.
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