The lights are on
38 Studios’ Big Huge Games was doing pre-production work on a sequel to last year’s new IP before the studio let all employees go last week. Joystiq reports that, though Big Huge Games team could still be saved, it is unlikely that work could continue on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2. The intellectual property is owned by 38 Studios, but could soon be in possession of Rhode Island.Work being done on the sequel included improving graphical quality, removing loading times between zones, more combat animations, more branching quests, and greater player impact on the world of Amalur.Joystiq’s source, who has chosen to remain anonymous given that the there is a minuscule chance the project could be saved, says “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.” It is possible a spiritual successor to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning could become a reality. Big Huge Games did this previously when it was purchased by 38 Studios from THQ and converted its previous project into the Kingdoms of Amalur IP. Hopefully Curt Schilling can pull out a miracle and this won’t be the last we hear of Amalur.
They should do a kickstarter fund for Reckoning 2. I'd pledge.
Sorry to hear about KOA. Despite the first game being rather trite and uninspired (story-wise, at least), I thought it had a lot of potential.
that sucks but i can't help but wonder how the plot would have gone
I sure hope they can pull it off.
It'll be a shame if this game doesn't see the light of day
and its been how many minutes since the first one?
38 studios is slowly becoming the industry's darling and underdog, I wouldn't be surprised if they get picked up by a team quick.
If they work out the new game I hope they figure a way to map more than 4 spells to a controller.
Man this really sucks. I loved KoA, and had hoped there would be a sequel but I didn't realize Curt & Company were so bad at running their company.
I hope a private investor steps in and takes a chance. The world of Amalur is too awesome to fade away into obscurity. I will say this though, if someone does save KoA by purchasing 38 Studios or by funding them, there must be a stipulation that states Curt Schilling has no managerial role whatsoever. Schilling and his management team destroyed a promising studio that cost hundreds of people their jobs.
Gameinformer! Why are you making me more sad than before!
So sad, I hope someone takes the IP up
That stinks. Amular is perhaps the best game I've played this year. Or my favorite, at least.