Thought you’ve heard the end of the Kingdom of Amalur franchise? Think again. According to an announcement from publisher megahouse THQ Nordic, the Austrian-based publisher has swept of the RPG IP (along with other assets) form 38 Studios.
News comes by way of Twitter, where the THQ Nordic account made this announcement:
— THQNordic (@THQNordic) September 6, 2018
This acquisition may be surprising to many–38 Studios went bankrupt in 2012, following the release of their freshman game Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning. Since then, 38 Studios has been in and out of both bankruptcy court and SEC suits alleging investor fraud in loans connected to their unreleased MMO Project Copernicus. Eventually, the studio lost the IP rights entirely to the state of Rhode Island, who are likely the ones that made the sale to THQ Nordic.
Meanwhile, this is a larger-than-normal win for THQ Nordic who is in the industry of picking up IP. Despite lukewarm sales, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning was beloved by critics and fans alike at release for having a terrific story and a fresh take on gameplay customization, specifically allowing players to change how they play the game on the fly.
It is curious what other assets THQ Nordic picked up from 38 Studios, and whether that includes Project Copernicus. Other than Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning, the studio had no other games.