Project Copernicus Summary
The 38 Studios auction that was held last week at Heritage Global Partners managed to claw $320,000 in proceeds, and that's thanks to Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends and Big Huge Games.
What didn't amount to anything was RPG IP Kingdoms of Amalur or its MMO counterpart Project Copernicus. There were no "acceptable offers" put forward during the auction.
38 Studio founder Curt Schilling and his legal team have moved to have the court dismiss the lawsuit by The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. that claimed Schilling's studio defrauded the state, accusing it of "racketeering and conspiracy".
After coaxing 38 Studios to come to Rhode Island with a $75M loan to create jobs in the state, Gov. Chaffee and Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) have filed suit against the former development studio, in particular 38 Studios founder and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and former company CEO Jennifer Maclean, as well as banks Wells Fargo and Barclays Capital.
According to 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling, the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO, which was codenamed Project Copernicus, would have been free-to-play had it finished development.
38 Studios owner Curt Schilling revealed in an interview with Boston Magazine that the MMO the now-defunct developer was working on had more-or-less died on the vine, and that Take 2 Interactive was about to sign a deal to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2 when Rhode Island gov Lincoln Chaffee dropped the bombshell that destroyed the company.