The Crucible: Evil Within [Cancelled – PS3 Xbox 360]

The Crucible: Evil Within [Cancelled – PS3 Xbox 360]

The Crucible: Evil Within, AKA “The Box” or “The Ritualist” originally was a Silicon Knights-developed (developer of Eternal Darkness and Too Human) open-world horror pitch for PS3 started in 2004, which was accepted for full production by Sega in March 2005.

“Silicon Knights has a rich history of developing great games that push hardware technology, so we expect this relationship will result in a powerful, new, and highly commercial franchise.”
Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America

In 2006, Sega revealed some game details in an online survey. Until then, the game was internally known as “The Box”. The survey however led to “The Crucible: Evil Within”. Later, however, it was renamed to “The Ritualist” instead.

“An open free-roaming action horror game where the player undertakes a terrorizing journey of suspense, fear, power and discovery, and where every decision has multiple consequences… Uncover an ancient chest with unimaginable power that seduces you into evil, sin and corruption.”

Court documents from Silicon Knights’ legal battle with Epic Games reveal that The Box was initially planned to be finished by February 27th, 2007. It was later amended to extend the delivery date to November 4th, 2008. In August 2008, Sega decided to cancel various external projects, including Aliens RPG: Crucible, Aliens: Colonial Marines (later restarted), Cipher Complex, and The Box. However, Silicon Knights was able to find a new publisher with THQ, which also dropped the project in early 2009. As a kind of compensation, team members of The Box were asked to help on Vigil Games’/THQ’s Darksiders.

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2 thoughts on “The Crucible: Evil Within [Cancelled – PS3 Xbox 360]

  1. Me

    Is that right? An open-world Silicon Knights horror game? And it didn’t get done because Sega and THQ both changed their mind? WTF is wrong with them?! You don’t pick up a game and then just decide on a whim at the last minute you’re not going to publish it! Do they have ANY idea how much money they could have made from this project as fans clamoring for Eternal Darkness 2 picked it up as the nest best thing?! This is horrible news!

  2. Jacketboy

    Evil Within?! Isn’t there a game coming out called The Evil Within that is being made by Shinji Mikami and Bethseda? And didn’t Mikami make Resident Evil, which inspired Eternal Darkness, which was made by Silicon Knights?

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