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No Sale for Amalur, Copernicus at 38 Studios Asset Auction

by Eric Frederiksen | December 17, 2013December 17, 2013 10:30 pm PST


When Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning hit in early 2012, it was a pretty easy sell to the many fans of games like Skyrim and Fable; it combined an open world, a vast story, and a bright, welcoming art style. It looks like that hope might’ve slipped away, though.

Unfortunately for what was really a pretty solid game, the studio behind it was already sinking by the time the game hit shelves. Shortly after the game released in the first quarter of 2012, the company went bankrupt due to a combination of management issues and hubris from its Chairman and World Series-winning pitcher, Curt Schilling.

At the time of bankruptcy, all the company’s assets defaulted to the state of Rhode Island, one of the primary financial providers. Since then, fans of the game have been hoping for word of a sale that might lead to a sequel to the game. The best hope was a liquidation auction held last week for the studio’s properties.

In that list of properties was, of course, the rights for an Amalur sequel, the unfinished MMORPG, Project Copernicus, as well as the rights for Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends. Unfortunately, the Rise games and the Big Huge Games trademark are the only things that sold, and only for about one-third of one-percent of the studio’s $100 million debt.

While the state plans to continue trying to sell off the studio’s properties, the lack of serious offers at this point doesn’t bode well for the series or the debts left behind.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...