It looks like Precursor Games was made and doomed the moment they brought on Denis Dyack, the former head of troubled Canadian studio Silicon Knights. They may have enlisted his expertise, but they also inherited all of his unresolved allegations and misjudgments. Make no mistake, though: Denis is being put on-stage to clear the air not because he wanted to, otherwise he would’ve done it on a more timely basis, but because Precursor’s Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter is doing terribly.
My faith wasn’t shattered when Kotaku published Andrew McMillen’s piece, painting Silicon Knights as a bunch of embezzling goons. No, it was when I paid $59.99 for Too Human (actually, it was less since I still had a discount). Their subsequent failure at trial against Epic Games continued their descent and X-Men Destiny sealed their fate. These will follow Denis Dyack forever, the once-mighty and outspoken developer, once captain of the good ship Silicon Knights. He came out on video today to refute many of the allegations, but it doesn’t really matter at this point for the fate of Precursor’s game, which is now banking entirely on the success of their Kickstarter campaign. To the untrained eye, Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci comes across as a startup CEO who happened to enjoy Dyack’s contributions to gaming. Dig into the company’s profiles and you’ll find that Paul, among many of the other employees at Precursor, was employed at Silicon Knights. All of them list titles that they worked on there, but only Dyack’s profile mentions Silicon Knights deliberately.
Unfortunately, all this damage control is too little, too late, I’m afraid.