Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack is once again making Shadow of the Eternals, the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. The action-adventure game is now under development at Toronto, Canada-based Quantum Entanglement Entertainment, a "unique entertainment company that creates television, games, and film all under one umbrella," the company announced in a press release today.
Dyack is a co-founder of Quantum Entanglement Entertainment along with CEO Jonathan M. Soon-Shiong, former deputy executive director of strategy and finance for the CBC, and chief operating officer Paul Rapovski, a television producer and co-founder of Fast Motion Studios. Dyack most recently served as the chief creative officer of Precursor Games, the studio that was initially developing Shadow of the Eternals and ran three failed crowdfunding campaigns for the game in 2013, and he holds the same position at his new company.
As for Silicon Knights, a federal U.S. court confirmed in January that the studio owed Epic Games $9.2 million after losing a protracted legal battle. Silicon Knights filed for bankruptcy in May, with much of the team having moved over to Precursor Games long before.
The fate of Precursor Games is unclear at this point. The studio announced in September 2013 that it had put Shadow of the Eternals "on hold," and that the team was disbanding. The game's Facebook page hasn't been updated since March, and the URL for the studio's website now redirects to the Quantum Entanglement Entertainment site. We've reached out to Quantum Entanglement Entertainment for more details, and will update this article with any information we receive.
Each of Quantum Entanglement Entertainment's three co-founders comes to the company with years of experience in film, television or video games, and the company "was established on the belief that all three media are converging and that their independent status is a thing of the past," according to its website. Under Dyack's direction, Silicon Knights developed titles such as Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness and Too Human. Rapovski has an extensive background in motion capture — he worked with Silicon Knights on Too Human — and in stunt coordination for television series like Lost Girl and films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
"Technology has pushed the entertainment medium beyond the event horizon, and the opportunities are unprecedented. Together we have the expertise to make an incredible impact on the marketplace with diverse and specialized platforms for original IP," said Dyack today.
As part of its vision for the future of entertainment, Quantum Entanglement Entertainment is introducing a concept it calls "The Singularity," a forum in which fans can have a hand in creative projects along with the professionals who are working on them. The company provided examples such as helping to design a game and contributing to a script. In addition to Shadow of the Eternals, Quantum Entanglement Entertainment's website lists an unannounced television or film project. For more on Dyack, check out our interview with him from last July.