Eternal Darkness Developer Denies Nintendo Rumors

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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Rumours circulating that Canadian developer Silicon Knights was facing job cuts due to a financial falling out with Nintendo, appear to have been unfounded.

President Denis Dyack confirmed that the studio behind Eternal Darkness had indeed  been forced to lay off a number of employees, but shot down speculation that the job cuts were caused by Nintendo pulling funding for a rumoured Eternal Darkness 2, following a ruling against the studio in a lawsuit against Epic Games. Silicon Knights was ordered to pay $4.5 million in damages to Epic Games in that case, which would seem to be the main cause for the current job cuts.

…it is not true and has no basis in fact.

~Denis Dyack on Nintendo rumours 

Nothing regarding Eternal Darkness 2 (such as whether or not it exists)  has been revealed.


About Devin Kotani

Devin is a Canadian, and as such, plays hockey (no he doesn’t) and drinks maple syrup (not really) while riding a wild moose (he’s never seen a moose). When he’s not perpetuating cultural stereotypes, he’s playing videogames, which has been, on occasion, very bad for his mental health, problems with which have plagued him for years. Now, at 20, he’s getting his mental health issues under control, and he’s trying to decide what to do with his life. He’s currently debating between journalism and trying his hand at the dramatic arts.

  • Pretty sad, Eternal Darkness was an amazing game on GC.

  • It’s a sad state of affairs. Unfortunately, Silicon Knights just hasn’t been the same since they split from Nintendo after making Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Twin Snakes was a great remake, and there’s only so much one should reasonably expect from such a game, but Eternal Darkness was something truly special. I hadn’t ever played a game quite like it; particularly with the way that it handled the depiction of insanity as a video game mechanic.

    Unfortunately, since those days, all Silicon Knights has really been able to muster are Too Human and a licensed X-Men game, neither of which were particularly good, and now they have to pay a huge sum as a result of pursuing an ill-conceived lawsuit against Epic.

    I’d love to see Silicon Knights partner up with Nintendo again. At least they’d have a chance to right their ship before it completely sinks, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen.

    • Kai

      Have you played ‘Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth?’. It also has a “sanity” mechanic, and is a really creepy game.

    • Is it good of it gonna burn my eyes :|?

    • Kai

      Uh…I’m not too sure what you meant by that. It IS good, if that is what you were asking. No, it will not burn your eyes.

    • No, but I really should. Unfortunately, I’ve never been much of a PC gamer.

  •  Silicon nights needz some ‘elp, dey need ta reflect on wot dey did wrong wit Too Human and X-Men Destiny an’ work on dose issues in upcoming gamez dey make.