Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning is back from the dead, bizarrely

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Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning – we reckon it’s going to get a remaster

THQ Nordic has bought the rights to role-playing franchise Kingdoms Of Amalur from 38 Studios and ex-baseball star Curt Schilling.

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In further proof that no video game franchise is ever truly dead, the rights to action role-player Kingdoms Of Amalur have been acquired by THQ Nordic.

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning was originally published by EA in 2012 and was intended to be the first in a series of games by American studio 38 Games, which was founded by former baseball star Curt Schilling.

The game was only a minor hit though and shortly after 38 Studios was caught in a legal feud with the state of Rhode Island over a loan. As a result the company was shut down and Schilling went back to being a sports pundit, before being sacked by ESPN for his right wing comments.

All of which is arguably more interesting than any of his games, because although Reckoning was perfectly playable it was incredibly generic – particularly in terms of art and storytelling.

THQ Nordic has been buying up lots of old never-quite-made-it franchises lately though, including Red Faction, de Blob, Darksiders, and most recently TimeSpiltters and Second Sight.

They also bought Koch Media back in February, which gave them control of Metro 2033, Saints Row, and Homefront.

In each case they’ve released a remaster, which is presumably what’s going to happen with Reckoning as well. Although you’d imagine there’s also a good chance of a sequel as well.

As part of the same deal THQ Nordic also picked up unfinished MMO Copernicus, but it’s a lot of time and effort to get an MMO up and running, and to maintain it, so it’s harder to guess what’ll happen to that.

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