38 Studios Working on ‘Kingdoms of Amalur’ MMO

Mar 21, 2012 by  

Kingdoms of Amalur MMO

It would appear that the production of a Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning-related MMO from Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios and their subsidiary, Big Huge Games, have ramped up this week with the hiring of two massive players in the massively-multiplayer online realm.

Over the past several days, even the most casual of MMO fans have had something to shout about. First came even more evidence substantiating the already highly likely Elder Scrolls Online, which we examined in detail. Next, the media got some serious hands-on time with Mists of Pandaria, the fourth (and cutest) expansion to the World of Warcraft, and it looks interesting, to say the least. We also learned that The Old Republic will be expanding players’ story arcs in future updates, but the internet was not content with resting quite yet.

We have been aware of a potential 38 Studios MMO for quite some time, known only as ‘Project Copernicus’ before now. Despite already having an all-star studio, Schilling and friends have made some very impressive appointments as development on ‘Copernicus’ looks to be gearing up. John Blakely has served as both the general manager at Zynga Austin and VP of development at Sony Online Entertainment, where he oversaw the development of both DC Universe Online and EverQuest II, among others. Mark Hansen served as the senior director at Playwell Studios as one of the leads on LEGO Universe, the sadly ill-fated MMO that failed to gather enough of an audience to sustain itself.

Blakely’s new position at 38 Studios is senior VP of development, meaning he will directly oversee the development of the game. Hansen has been made senior VP of business operations, which puts him in charge of everything related to the publishing of the title. These two should, given their experience, provide a foundation that could make the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO more than just another uninspired spin-off.

Basically, if you were at all worried about the world of Amalur going out of style, perish the thought! Along with this MMO, The Legend of Dead Kel DLC just made its way to consoles and PCs, further expanding the already enormous landmass. If Amalur is a virtual world you would like to call home, you have a lot to look forward to in the coming months and years.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and The Legend of Dead Kel expansion are available now for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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  1. Wait… was KoA:R that popular? or that good? I played the demo and it was awful. I wonder if MMO will be the new fad for games like multiplayer was for this generation. I hope Elder Scrolls and Mass Effect MMO don’t come to fruition or completely bomb so they don’t try this again.

  2. From playing the demo, “Reckoning” already looked and played like an MMO (I’m not saying it was bad, just very MMO-like), it wouldn’t take much to turn it into one.

  3. I’m pretty sure it was always the developers plans to make an MMO after the game came out. Just like Runic with the Torchlight MMO after Torchlight 2.

  4. I figured this game would end up being an MMO, or at least have a multiplayer. (1) It’s an RPG in a massive world, bigger than Skyrim. (2) It already plays like an MMO. (3) From the demo, which i thought was amazing, this game is 100% MMO material. If they brought this into an MMO I would expect to see a bunch of server, like WoW, with LOTS of people on each one. Maybe, make the land bigger, quests harder, and maybe make dungeons/raids. This game has so much potential. If they introduced a KoA:R MMO, I’d buy it.

  5. If 38 Studio has plans of transforming the ALREADY disc-version INTO a MMO, would we keep out stats? :-D . I find KoA:R pretty good and i’m all in if this becomes a MMO. Who knows? Might be a good competitor against WoW.

  6. I own KoA:R, and I’d give it an 8.5. It was really good; problem is, it wasn’t anything new. So a KoA MMO might be nothing special as well.

  7. id like a straight RPG sequel as well. I have never been a fan of MMOs really.

  8. Head’s up to anyone out thinking of getting this game: Do it! The in-game combat is awesome and the is the best combat bar none in the rpg category of games. I’m glad I bought this game, and it’s one of the most underrated games out there in my opinion. Just putting my two cents in this game rocks!

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