Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem was one of the most innovative and scariest games to ever hit the GameCube back in 2002. It used a number of interesting gameplay mechanics to immerse players, as well as to totally screw with their heads. Yes, this was the game that would make your screen flicker, trick you with fake game errors, and even mess with your volume. It was originally developed by Silicon Knights, but Nintendo owns the rights to the franchise.
There hasn’t been anything else related to Eternal Darkness since the original, but NeoGAF has discovered that Nintendo actually renewed the trademark back in December. Taking a look at the trademark page, we can see that Nintendo was granted its fifth extension on the name on December 20, 2012 for “computer game programs; computer game software; electronic game programs; electronic game software.” The question is, though, is Nintendo actually planning to release a new entry?
Companies do this all the time in order to make sure they don’t lose valuable IP’s, so maybe we shouldn’t get too excited. However, before Silicon Knights went bankrupt last year it was revealed that they were indeed working on a prototype for Eternal Darkness 2. It is possible that Nintendo may have bought the prototype and is currently developing it further, but we can’t know for sure. With the lack of compelling games to buy on the Wii U currently, though, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
All we can do is hope that Nintendo has been listening to its fan, as a sequel to Eternal Darkness has been requested for years.