In 2012, a new IP called Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was born. Kingdoms of Amalur was a success, just not enough of one for a new IP. As of September 6th, 2018, THQ Nordic purchased Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning from its original owner, 38 Studios.
— THQNordic (@THQNordic) September 6, 2018
THQ Nordic said this on Twitter: “We are beyond proud to announce that THQ Nordic has acquired the “Kingdoms of Amalur” IP among other assets, from 38 Studios”.
In 2012, 38 Studios was in and out of bankruptcy court and SEC suits. They were involved with fraud based on loans connected to other 38 Studios titles. The studio shut down and the state of Rhode Island has owned the company’s assets ever since.
There has been no word as of yet of what THQ Nordic will do with Kingdoms of Amalur in the future, but if they are purchasing the franchise one can hope for a sequel or, at the very least, a remaster of the original game.
There is another possibility of new material from THQ Nordic in the future. They have also purchased the rights to their abandoned Copernicus MMORPG project.
Project Copernicus was to be developed by 38 Studios and released in June of 2013. Unfortunately, 38 Studios then moved their studio to Providence, Rhode Island and there the whole studio was shut down, officially canceling Project Copernicus.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a well-received game, beloved by critics and fans alike. The Artwork was from Todd McFarlane (Spawn creator) and the lead designer of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Ken Rolston. The issues that stemmed from Kingdoms of Amalur were from the business model and not the game itself. It will be a welcome addition to the THQ Nordic library.
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