After having launched only a few weeks ago, Precursor Games has officially closed its Kickstarter campaign, though the company says its good news that it’s doing so.
“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.”
Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci stated that the move doesn’t mean that Precursor Games is going anywhere, but rather that the team received new opportunities and wants to pursue those new developments. This most likely means they obtained a publisher interested in funding the project and they no longer need donations from fans.
This takedown seems a bit shady even if Precursor managed to secure funding from a publisher, as neither the homegrown crowdfunding website nor the Kickstarter was anywhere close to receiving the amount of funds wanted. Precursor Games has received a bit of flak for how Silicon Knights ended and the shutdown of all its crowdfunding efforts brings them further into suspicion. Even still, Caporicci has promised that backers on the Precursor Games website will receive a full refund via PayPal.
The Kickstarter had less than 13 days to go and secured less than 10% of the 1.35 million budget asked, so it’s highly unlikely that the project would have been successful had the team let it continue.