After the past weeks lay-off's, Silicon Knights have been speaking to Kotaku in an attempt to clarify things, in doing so they make an interesting revelation:
Last week Silicon Knights experienced layoffs due to extended contract negotiations falling through with a potential partner," the developer told Kotaku. "We are currently in discussions with other potential partners. The recent Ontario government funding is tied to future performance targets, spread out over the next 5 years, which we will meet."
Silicon Knights declined to say who the partner was, but said it wasn't Activision, who they worked with on their last game.Earlier this week, 1Up wrote that 75 people had been let go from the company. Silicon Knights tells Kotaku that they laid off 43 employees, or just under half of its work force.
Silicon Knights has received about $8 million in government funding. Some of that money was used to build the company's staff up to nearly 100 people. The developer says they are already refocusing their energy on returning to their roots.
"The company is currently refocusing and returning to its roots, working on one of its most requested titles for the next generation," the spokesperson said.
Silicon Knights, is perhaps best known for 2002's Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.
I wouldn't be surprised if this new partner is in fact Nintendo, and the game in question is a much sought after WiiU version of Eternal Darkness II. I think the game's been in development for a quite a while now, I recall hearing mumblings about a sequel at E3 two years ago. I also noticed Nintendo re-trademarked "Eternal Darkness" early last year:
What do you think?