In news I don’t think anyone expected to wake up to after original developer 38 Studios’ demise nearly a decade ago, the 2012 action RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is being remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year as…um…Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.
The remaster will be coming courtesy of THQ Nordic, which acquired the rights to the game back in 2018. The port is in the works over at Kaiko, which previously worked on the remasters of Darksiders games. While the game itself will be remastered and coming to current consoles on September 8, what’s perhaps most surprising is that a new, original expansion called Fatesworn will also be released sometime in 2021. Though the announcement has been light on specifics for that part in particular, fans of the game will probably be excited to be getting any new content in this universe, as original developer 38 Studios went bankrupt shortly after Kingdoms of Amalur was released. A sequel was in early production at this time, but was cancelled after the studio’s closure.
Along with just looking prettier and having 4K support, according to Re-Reckoning’s official website, the remaster will have all of the original game’s downloadable content packaged in, including The Legend of Dead Kel and Teeth of Naros expansions, which both brought new areas, quests, and story content.
Check out the reveal trailer below:
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If you weren’t aware of it, the entire saga of 38 Studios’ closure is (while sad) kind of fascinating. When Re-Reckoning first appeared on the Xbox Store, we wrote up a news story on it that recapped that entire dispute, but the abridged version is that 38 Studios’ projects were funded by a “Economic Development Corporation” headed by the state of Rhode Island, which was backing projects for the sake of, well, economic development. The $75 million loan was used to relocate the entire studio to Rhode Island to develop Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and resulted in the creation of 450 jobs.
Unfortunately, the studio was unable to pay back the $75 million loan, and thus filed for bankruptcy, investigations were held at a state level, then eventually escalated to United States Attorney General’s office and even the FBI. After all was said and done, the state sued basically everyone involved with the deal for $61 million, but since that wasn’t all of the costs, guess who had to recoup the last $14 million? Rhode Island’s tax payers. Wild, right?
Once all that nonsense was put to bed, THQ Nordic swooped in and acquired the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur, and thus now we have this remaster coming in just two short months. I never got around to playing the original myself, but the game is a much beloved cult classic among fantasy RPG fans. And given that I won’t be getting a Dragon Age 4 any time soon, I gotta take those where I can get them.