Precursor Games, the studio behind Shadow of the Eternals, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund its spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness.
The project was announced earlier this month, with donations initially only taken through the studio's dedicated website. However, a Kickstarter campaign with a target of $1,350,000 was unexpectedly launched yesterday.
Those who pledge money are being offered additional episodes and in-game items as backer rewards, among other things.
"Due to overwhelming popular demand, we are happy to announce that an official Kickstarter campaign has launched for Shadow of the Eternals," reads an update on the game's official website. "This gives potential pledgers even more options to contribute to the game,"
"Kickstarter will run in parallel with our existing website crowdfunding campaign."
The launch of a Kickstarter campaign follows criticism of the terms and conditions attached to its PayPal campaign.
Earlier this week it was revealed that the studio will "accept donations immediately upon receipt" and donations "cannot be cancelled or returned once it has been completed, whether or not Precursor Games completes the Game or fulfils the specified reward".
Additionally, money pledged was being treated as "strictly donations and not consideration for any services or product."
In a FAQ posted on the site prior to the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci explained why the firm decided to take donations directly: "We really wanted to do a Kickstarter, but without a US presence it is proving to be very difficult. We are trying to make this a reality to give everyone more options to contribute."
Shadow of the Eternals is in development for Wii U and PC. The game will span 12 chapters and star Paul Becker, a detective called in to tackle a deadly clash between two rival cults. A Shadow of the Eternals trailer was released alongside the game's announcement.