From losing the legal battle with Epic Games, to the bizarre child porn charges of his Precursor Games co-founder, to the triple failure on Kickstarter, Silicon Knights founder Dennis Dyack has had quite a run of bad luck over the years. Not a man to be kept down, Dyack is at it again with yet another new company that is aiming to become the Xbox One of game studios by taking videogame IP’s and expanding them into the world of film and television. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Quantum Entanglement Entertainment.
Dyack is teaming up with Jonathan Soon-Shiong, former deputy executive director of strategy and finance for the CBC, and Paul Rapovski, who worked with Dyack on the Too Human game and has a solid background in motion capture technology, a tool their new studio is hoping to capitalize on-Especially so considering their new HQ in Toronto features a complete and cutting edge motion capture studio.
According to Soon-Shiong, the new company aims to create content that “integrates cohesively between channels,” adding that “The backgrounds of the co-founders are highly complementary and fit well with convergence of video games with TV and film.” Dyack himself reiterates this mantra, stating “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.”
The new company is also banking heavily on something called “The Singularity” which is an open forum that allows anybody to contribute ideas and work directly with the developers and executives to help with creating games, TV shows and movies. After three failed attempts on Kickstarter to develop a sequel to the sleeper hit for the Gamecube, Eternal Darkness, it would appear that Dyack still has faith in an open, social media approach to creating fresh content.
On that note, it would appear that the constantly struggling sequel is in fact on the agenda, with Dyack confirming that we will see Shadow of the Eternals someday– provided that controversy and bad luck have finally abated and this new studio with bold ambitions can be the success Dyack is banking on.