EA and 38 Studios Detail Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Formerly Codenamed 'Project Mercury'

By Xav de Matos, Jul 20, 2010 11:30am PDT Electronic Arts and 38 Studios have finally revealed details on its upcoming title, an "open-world" single-player RPG in a "mysterious and magical new fantasy world created by New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore." Previously codenamed Project Mercury, the RPG now sports the title Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and is planned for release on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Although the title will be developed by Big Huge Games, which was acquired by 38 Studios from THQ last year, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has some big names attached to its vision. In a development "leadership" role is Ken Rolston, lead designer of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion while the art of Spawn-creator Todd McFarlane brings Amalur "to life."

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is planned for release in the fall of 2011. Additional details for the "graphically stimulating action combat experience" and a game "cinematic" debut is expected on July 22, when Salvatore, Rolston, McFarlane, and 38 Studios' Curt Schilling take the stage during for a panel discussion at the 2010 Comic-Con.

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  • For those who are not in the know. This game is just a prequel. The bigger project that Schilling, Salvatore and McFarlane have been working on is an MMO code-named Copernicus. This game here is just to set the stage for the MMO, to let us know the world and it's history before we take our first steps.

    I've been following the Copernicus project for almost 2 years now and from everything I've read, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Supposedly there are going to be novels covering history and events to be released as well, hopefully penned by Mr. Salvatore himself. There were also talks about other non-digital games, such as possible Pen and Paper (which we know Salvatore has his roots in) and TCGs. Perhaps even graphic novels which Mr. McFarlane would be attached to. Who knows.

    Salvatore and his crew of writers have been, for the past two years, writing every bit of the history of this world, so hopefully, instead of having vague explanations of distant lands or obscure reasons why this kingdom or that is in power, we'll actually know everything there is to know about this world.