Thursday, September 6, 2018

THQ Nordic Acquires Kingdoms of Amalur

THQ Nordic announced acquiring rights for Kingdoms of Amalur IP and abandoned Project Copernicus MMORPG.

Back in 2012, when Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was first released by Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, developer 38 Studios was generally praised for creating such an amazing action RPG title but sold a very moderate amount of copies.

Recently, publisher company THQ Nordic has announced of acquiring the game and related intellectual properties alongside an untitled MMO game called Project Copernicus from the developers as they went bankrupt.

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THQ Nordic Acquires Kingdoms of Amalur

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A sequel for the original game was eventually planned but unfortunately they got broke and had put a stop to that. Apparently, the title didn't sell enough copies to repay a $75 million loan its developer took from Rhode Island’s economic development agency.

Also, they were eyeing a 2013 release for Copernicus as a free-to-play MMO before the company got liquidated. When all assets are put into auction, Amalur remained unclaimed for long and THQ then stepped in to acquire the IP.

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Formerly known as Nordic Games, THQ Nordic has backed up games like Darksiders and Red Faction in past. The publisher has bought Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media and secured rights on Saints Row franchise.

Last month, they reserved rights over TimeSplitters franchise from Crytek. Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning had author R.A. Salvatore tied to the project alongside comic-book artist Todd McFarlane (Haunt, Spawn), who signed up to provide some top-notch artwork for the game.