Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

PC, XB360, PS3 / Action RPG / Release: Feb 7, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Rhode Island bill aims to encourage 38 Studios suit settlement

Rhode Island bill aims to encourage 38 Studios suit settlement

Legislation brought before the Rhode Island General Assembly on Wednesday is meant to ease the road towards a settlement in the state's ongoing lawsuit against 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling and others involved with the company. The bill was proposed by the administration of Governor Chafee, who has personally been critical of Schilling's handling of the company as the drama unfolded.

Read more: Bill would "eliminate uncertainty" for settling parties »

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Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

The storied saga of 38 Studios' closure seems all but finished, with only a few loose threads left to tie up. One of those is what the state of Rhode Island will do with its stake in the properties, and the state is now reportedly planning to sell off the Amalur franchise. An attorney says that Rhode Island has found an interested party.

Read more: 'Who knows what the value ultimately will be' »

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The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

The collapse of 38 Studios has put the state of Rhode Island in a precarious position. The government offered substantial loans to Curt Schilling's company. Following its bankruptcy, fingers were pointed: who's to blame?

A lengthy feature on The New York Times details the rise and fall of 38 Studios, and how both parties involved bit off more than they could chew. Schilling didn't properly anticipate the challenges of game development, let alone MMORPG creation. Rhode Island, eager to reinvigorate its economy with tech jobs, dove head-first into an investment that had "red flags" from the get-go.

Read more: Schilling and the government chasing a 'dream' »

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38 Studios won't face federal charges

38 Studios won't face federal charges

38 Studios is deceased in all but name, but at least Curt Schilling's failed video game start-up won't be facing federal criminal charges. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office has said that it is not planning to pursue any further federal action against the company.

Read more: State authorities still investigating »

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Weekend Confirmed 126 - Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, Papo & Yo

Weekend Confirmed 126 - Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, Papo & Yo

On this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed--recorded guerrilla-style in Garnett's apartment--much new gaming goodness is discussed. Jeff Cannata, Jeff Mattas, and regular guest Andrea Rene join Mr. Lee at his humble abode to give their impressions of games like Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders 2, and Papo & Yo, just to name a few. Episode 126's other topics include the successes and failures of motion-control in video games, Sony's impressive Gamescom 2012 showing, and Mistwalker's 2008 RPG, Lost Odyssey. Finishing Moves closes things out in the usual style, and includes some more new iOS game recommendations.

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Rhode Island taking possession of 38 Studios' IP

Rhode Island taking possession of 38 Studios' IP

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. have been given court approval to take 38 Studios' assets. These assets include the former studio's intellectual property, which Rhode Island and BNY Mellon Trust plan to sell to recoup money still owed on 38 Studios' $75 million loan. BNY Mellon Trust was the trustee on the loan.

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RI governor refutes 38 Studios' claim he scared investors

RI governor refutes 38 Studios' claim he scared investors

38 Studios founder Curt Schilling may be "tapped out," but Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee isn't easing up on the former ball player. He recently told local reporters that time and examination will show that he is not responsible for the collapse of the company, and he says he wants "to get every taxpayer dollar back that we possibly can."

Read more: 'In the end, I'll be vindicated' »

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EA would 'love' to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2

EA would 'love' to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2

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.

Read more: 'We'd love to be a partner for that' »

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Trailer leaks for 38 Studios MMO 'Copernicus'

Trailer leaks for 38 Studios MMO 'Copernicus'

With 38 Studios shut down by massive debts, we'll never get to play its Kingdoms of Amalur MMORPG codenamed Project Copernicus. However, leaks have given us screenshots and, now, a trailer, so if we squint real hard we can perhaps pretend.

Read more: Rough cut of a teaser trailer »

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Schilling says he's 'tapped out' from 38 Studios collapse

Schilling says he's 'tapped out' from 38 Studios collapse

Most of the dust has settled on the 38 Studios collapse. Looking back, co-founder and public face of the company Curt Schilling has shared some thoughts on what went wrong. For one thing, when the company started to go into dire straits, Schilling says he was "tapped out" and couldn't afford to put any more into it.

Read more: 'Life is going to be different' »

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Bank sues 38 Studios co-founder over loan debt

Bank sues 38 Studios co-founder over loan debt

The tragic tale of 38 Studios just keeps getting worse. On top of the developer declaring bankruptcy and an employee's wife revealing details about the company's last days, co-founder Curt Schilling is being sued by Citizen's Bank to recover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed for the studio.

Read more: $375,596 owed on a 38 Studios credit card »

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38 Studios declares bankruptcy, federal investigation underway

38 Studios declares bankruptcy, federal investigation underway

In a move that seemed inevitable, 38 Studios has finally declared bankruptcy. To make matters worse, various state and federal agencies have reportedly launched an investigation into the company in light of recent events surrounding its money woes.

Read more: Studio 'unable to find a solution to the current stalemate' »

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Former Amalur devs join new studio: Epic Games Baltimore

Former Amalur devs join new studio: Epic Games Baltimore

Big Huge Games, developer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, was essentially shuttered when parent company 38 Studios laid off its entire staff. Much of the staff has since been reacquired by Epic Games to form a new studio: Epic Games Baltimore.

"The way we see it, there's been a big storm in Baltimore, and we're taking in a few of the refugees," Epic president Mike Capps said in a letter to Epic employees. "Epic's in a situation where we can do this, and it very clearly fits with our company values, so we're going to give it a whirl."

Read more: Many will be hired initially as contractors »

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Report: EA passed on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel

Report: EA passed on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel

A sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was in "pre-production" before developer Big Huge Games was effectively shut down late last week due to parent company 38 Studios' financial struggles. As expected of a sequel, it would have built upon the base established by the first game. Improvements were sought in graphics, more branching quests, and no loading screens.

Read more: EA passed due to 'executive politics' »

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38 Studios head accuses RI government of breaking promises, scaring investors

38 Studios head accuses RI government of breaking promises, scaring investors

Update: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has disputed Schilling's account of the business dealings. He also told The Associated Press that he is more interested in protecting Rhode Island taxpayers than in responding to Schilling's claims.

Original Story: 38 Studios head Curt Schilling has some harsh words for Rhode Island in the wake of extreme lay-offs to both the parent company and Big Huge Games, which made Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The baseball player turned video game executive says that state officials went back on a deal, and that comments from Governor Chafee scared off private investors.

Read more: Governor's remarks 'devastating' to $35 million deal »

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