Out of nowhere, THQ Nordic has announced via Twitter that they have acquired the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur IP from 38 studios. This includes the action RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, as well as the unreleased Copernicus MMORPG.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an underrated action RPG written by the legendary R.A. Salvatore and developed by former baseball star Curt Shilling’s 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. Published by Electronic Arts, the game underperformed due to a lack of marketing and thus, 38 Studios went bankrupt. It didn’t stop the game from gathering a cult status, however. Reckoning is the closest equivalent to a single player World of Warcraft, and features a badass combat system to boot.
THQ Nordic has been quite busy acquiring licenses to IPs stuck in video game limbo for a while now. Knowing them, we can soon expect an awkwardly named remaster (or should we say…Remalurster?) of Reckoning any day now. It will be also interesting to see where they take the series next and what their plans are for the Copernicus MMO.