Remember Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning? It was a very solid RPG that came out back in 2012. It’s also part of one of the biggest, most absurd collections of missteps and mismanagement that the gaming industry has seen. At the very least, the studio was recently cleared of criminal charges.
38 Studios was founded by baseball star Curt Schilling to build an MMO known as Project Copernicus. Kingdoms of Amalur, a single-player title set in the same world, is the only piece of that project that saw the light of day. 38 Studios received loans from its home state of Rhode Island, but when the company went bankrupt shortly after Amalur’s release, it was unable to pay those loans back.
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A statement from the Rhode Island State Police said, ”We are confident that based upon those proceedings, and supported by the witness interviews and the documentary evidence gathered and reviewed by the investigator and the prosecutor, there were no provable criminal violations of the Rhode Island General laws in connection with the funding of 38 Studios, the disbursement of funds to 38 Studios, and by 38 Studios to vendors.”
However, 38 Studios is still facing civil litigation that will determine who among the company’s management are responsible for the studio’s failure. Amid all other uncertainties, I’m pretty confident that we won’t be playing Project Copernicus. (Thanks,.)