THQ Nordic has announced in a press release that they have acquired the Kingdoms of Amalur IP from 38 Studios. This could potentially lead to a remaster, as well as the release of the unfinished MMORPG code-named ‘Copernicus’.
A possible second chance.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the flagship title of 38 Studios, formed in 2006 by MLB pitcher Curt Schilling (the studio was named after his jersey number). As part of the studio’s founding, Curt took a $75 million loan guaranteed by Rhode Island’s economic development corporation. Their flagship game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, released in February 2012 to positive reviews and moderate success. However, it wasn’t enough and 38 Studios declared bankruptcy later that year in May. Finally, in 2013, the state of Rhode Island liquidated 38 Studio’s assets at an auction. 38 Studios was never able to publish their second project, a 2013 MMORPG based in the Kingdoms of Amalur world code-named ‘Copernicus’.
Fortunately, the Kingdoms of Amalur IP might be getting a second chance. In a press release yesterday, THQ Nordic announced their acquisition of the forgotten IP and other assets from 38 Studios. The press release reads:
THQ Nordic today announced that the acquisition of the intellectual property “Kingdoms of Amalur” has been finalized with 38 Studios LLC, based in Providence, RI, US. The deal also covered the acquisition of the “Amalur” – based on the abandoned MMORPG project “Copernicus”.
The acquisition itself is being handled by THQ Nordic AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, and daily operations (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be done via THQ Nordic GmbH in Vienna, Austria.
THQ Nordic has been acquiring a good deal of IPs lately. Earlier in the year, they acquired Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Blue. This effectively means that THQ has access to the Saints Row franchise again. Last month, they also picked up the TimeSplitters IP from Crytek.