EA would 'love' to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2

EA Labels president Frank Gibaeu says the company would "love to be a partner" for a potential sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

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Despite the collapse of 38 Studios, EA hasn't given up on the Kingdoms of Amalur franchise. Despite reports to the contrary, the company claims it's open to publishing a sequel. Of course, that relies on a sequel actually happening.

"I think it's unfortunate how everything worked out [for 38 Studios]," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told Game Informer (via Eurogamer). "At the end of the day, we saw a lot of creativity and vision in the team that Curt [Schilling] put together. We thought the game was terrific. It reviewed well. We built a good business there and hope there's a sequel to it someday. We'd love to be a partner for that."

Gibeau's comments directly contradict an earlier report. EA supposedly passed on publishing a sequel due to "executive politics." Though it's unknown if he was referring to EA, 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling claimed they were in "advanced talks" with a publisher until the Rhode Island governor scared off investors. Given most of the devs have already moved on, it's unlikely EA would be able to make good on Gibeau's sentiment.

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    July 13, 2012 1:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, EA would 'love' to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2.

    EA Labels president Frank Gibaeu says the company would "love to be a partner" for a potential sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

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      July 13, 2012 1:02 PM

      a little late now

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      July 13, 2012 1:04 PM

      I hope this gets done, I enjoyed this game despite it being way too easy even on the hardest difficulty. It reminded me of a single player WoW.

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        July 13, 2012 1:13 PM

        I really enjoyed it too... It was flawed, but I could see a lot of potential in them making a series out of it.

        I'm not holding my breath on the IP going anywhere though.. I don't think it sold well enough for someone else to want to scoop up the rights.

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      July 13, 2012 1:06 PM

      If I was EA, i probably wouldn't have invested money in a company that was about to implode due to a title not in my control.

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      July 13, 2012 1:18 PM

      Ideally it would have been great if somebody could have come in and taken the team who had worked on Reckoning (the people not working on the MMO) along with the rights to the IP and they could have moved right on to making a second game. That's in a dreamworld and probably not even possible. By now though most of those people have already moved on and a new game would be from a totally different team... that doesn't usually end well. That's assuming they couldn't even get the rights to IP.. which I don't quite understand how that would work (does it belong to the state now?). What a mess.

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        July 13, 2012 1:23 PM

        Epic did just that. IIRC most of that team is now Epic Maryland.

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          July 13, 2012 1:46 PM

          Except this part:

          " along with the rights to the IP and they could have moved right on to making a second game."

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            July 13, 2012 1:55 PM

            Well how about Gears of War: The Reckoning instead?

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      July 13, 2012 1:24 PM

      one of those freebie PR statements like telling a friend you would have loved to help them move, after they have already moved

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        July 13, 2012 1:53 PM

        Breaking: 3d realms would "have loved" to release Duke Nukem Forever

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      July 13, 2012 1:52 PM

      Funny; back in early May 2012, EA didn't seem at all receptive to funding a Reckoning 2, and were quite happy with their cut of the Reckoning profits.

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      July 13, 2012 2:29 PM

      I want my KoA: Reckoning patch. :(

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      July 13, 2012 2:34 PM

      could it be EA saw something they liked but knew if they leave it alone they could get it later for pennies on the dollar? Maybe they saw 38 Studios circling the drain somehow.

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        July 13, 2012 9:18 PM

        Yeah, there's some obvious questions of who knew what when. I imagine that EA had some handle of 38 Studios' financial condition, considering that EA received a $30 million advance payment for Reckoning, along with 70% of the revenue.

        http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/07/38-studios-exec.html

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        July 16, 2012 8:37 AM

        Der. I mean anyone giving that studio more money would be insane, regardless if the developers made a decent game and had an ok IP. That company was so mismanaged and nearly fraudulent that it'd be crazy to pick them up.

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      July 13, 2012 4:57 PM

      Kinda disappointed the original game isn't on steam sale. It's just sitting there at a price that no one is gonna pay $60. Which is more $ now than it was at launch haha

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        July 14, 2012 6:14 PM

        I was thinking the same thing. I swore the price was going to tank with all the news surrounding the implosion of 38, but that thing pulled a COD and just sat there at boxed retail price.

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      July 14, 2012 3:18 AM

      Desperate for new IP.

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