If you’re living in Rhode Island, there is no doubt you have heard of the recent financial disaster company 38 Studios is going through and the effect it is having on the state of Rhode Island. Along with 38 Studios, Big Huge Games was also let go and unfortunately, according to Joystiq,‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2’ was already in pre-production and now is no more.
Developer Big Huge Games was apparently in talks with a publisher for the game before the fiasco began, but now all the rights return to 38 Studios. Usually a new publisher would rush in and pick up the pieces of whats left of the project, but that wont be the case. The state of Rhode Island will soon own the intellectual property, tech, code, rights to the game and any other IP that is under development at 38 Studios, that’s if the company succumbs and defaults on its loan.
If somehow a Kingdoms of Amalur sequel made retail, we could have looked forward to higher graphical quality, no loading screens between zones, expanded and improved combat animation, fewer branching quests and greater player-influence on the world. One of the sources involved told Joystiq:
We had a good base to work from, and it was going to be all about improving everything. We listened carefully to fans and critics and were going to implement everything we possibly could.
Depending on the price that the state of Rhode Island would look to sell the intellectual property for, we probably won’t see a new Kingdoms of Amalur game anytime soon. On the bright side, the media storm around the studio has increased the sales of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, small consolation I guess.