Monday, May 6, 2013

Psychological Horror Returns to the Video Game World with 'Shadow of the Eternals'

"Shadow of the Eternals" is the spiritual successor to "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem ," one of the best, and most underrated, Game Cube survival horror games.

One of the most unique elements of Eternal Darkness was the way that the game played with your head. It not only had extremely creepy atmosphere, when the characters sanity levels got too low, the game would break the fourth wall- the character would start to shrink as you walked, the game would show an error screen to make it appear that the game had frozen while you were playing it, and so on. Your character could even appear to die in a "hallucination" sequence. All of these things made Eternal Darkness one of the best survival horror games I have ever played.

Because of this, I am really excited to announce that the game's spiritual successor, "Shadow of the Eternals," is currently under development for the PC and the  Wii-U.

The game synopsis:
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.

The game will be released in Episodic format, similar to Tell Tale Games' "The Walking Dead."

Support "Shadow of the Eternals" by contributing to their crowdfunding campaign on their official website.

Here's the synopsis of the first episode of "Shadow of the Eternals."

Pilot Episode – A Dream Within A Dream

The pilot 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 (an insane asylum).  The massacre is survived by two individuals who seemingly have no recollection about who they are or what has transpired.

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 to guide Clara through this horrific tale
Piece together a complex mystery while questioning the perception of reality

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