38 Studios headed to Rhode Island

Former star baseball pitcher Curt Schilling's RPG-centric shop pulling up stakes from Mass. after diminutive neighboring state OKs $75 million in loan guarantees.

When one hears the words "Rhode Island," games are not the first thing that spring to mind. However, the diminutive state is set on changing that. According to a Boston Globe report, the New England state's economic development corporation voted eight to one to guarantee $75 million in loans to entice role-playing game developer 38 Studios to relocate. The shop, founded by former all-star baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, is currently based in suburban Boston, Massachusetts.

Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 studios is getting $75 million in loans to relocate to RI.

Schilling told the Globe, "I've invested a significant amount of my life's earnings in 38 Studios, and I will protect the loan guarantee that's been given by the state [of Rhode Island] with the same passion and interest that I'm protecting my own investment in this company. Our paths are very much aligned."

The newspaper reported that under the terms of the deal, 38 Studios could bring up to 450 jobs to Rhode Island by the end of 2012. That would be one year after the shop's first title, the single-player role-playing game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, ships. The Globe notes that the uncertainty of the Electronic Arts-published title's success poses a risk for Rhode Island taxpayers, since they would have to pay off the balance of the $75 million loan should 38 Studios fold.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was shown off at Comic-Con last week in San Diego. Unlike the studios other major project--an unnamed massively multiplayer game--it will be a single-player RPG. In development at Rise of Nations studio Big Huge Games, which was bought by 38 Studios in 2009, the title was cocreated by comic-book artist Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and fantasy author R.A. Salvatore (The DemonWars Saga). Both men helped Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Curt Schilling found 38 Studios--then called Green Monster Games--in 2006 and respectively serve as art director and "executive creator of worlds" at the Maynard, Massachusetts, studio--which may move to Rhode Island in the not-too-distant future.

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26 comments
rocco6700
rocco6700

FYI, Curt is not in the Hall of Fame. He hasn't been on a ballot yet since he has been retired for less than five years

velcroboy
velcroboy

they should have named it Bloody Sock Studios.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Wow I always liked Curt Schilling.. I wish he would have moved back to Philly!! :)

hyksiu
hyksiu

They are gonna make company with the colososs or what's left of him.

ekultus
ekultus

@JDWolfie You already on the line for a quadrillion or so notes to private central banks, what's another 75 million eh?

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Taxpayers having to foot the bill if they fold. Man, that sucks.

Targzissian
Targzissian

My earliest memories are of my toddler-hood in Rhode Island in the early to mid seventies. I remember snow, and the water, and the garden in the backyard. I never would have associated the state with video games. Those were the days before Pong.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

I'll most likely get the game,Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and good for road island too.

coasterguy65
coasterguy65

RI is a pretty state. The area around Providence / Pawtucket is not great, but the rest of the state is nice. I lived there for 5 years, and never thought i would miss it, but I do. It's good to see it get some more technology companies.

IRTehHardMode
IRTehHardMode

Bigger budget, lead developer of both Morrowind and Oblivion....R.A Salvatore....Todd McFarlane....this game is making me wet in the pants already.

DepecheMode19
DepecheMode19

I heard Rhode Island is small, but beautifullllllll........don't ya find?

SaveUsAlex
SaveUsAlex

Living in Rhode Island I can think of tons of buildings where a studio like this would be great. It's also cool for RI to finally have a game studio, I can't think of another that was ever here.

Genchild
Genchild

@N0tYrBeezin I would invest in a game made by Todd McFarlane, R.A. Salvatore, and Big Huge games any day. Unlike most new projects out there, this one has win all over it.

sirkel28
sirkel28

@rasterror, I'll put up Michigan against RI as a more sucky state. Well at least the lower eastern half anyways, lots of crime, no jobs, and fat women.

rasterror
rasterror

I was born in RI and lived there for 26 years. Man that state sucks, especially Newport.

Freak_Ache
Freak_Ache

Hopefully with this move Rich Gallup will come back to Gamespot. Either that or go to Giant Bomb. That guy has a voice for podcasting, he really needs to be back on the journalism side of the game industry.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

Rhode Island is small. How are so many studios gonna fit there?

monson21502
monson21502

can 38 studios even fit in rhode island?

EpsilonZX
EpsilonZX

Well this is a double edged sword, but none the less it's good to hear that RI is willing to give them a chance. However what I'm pumped for is that I won't have to go far for a job in the game industry thanks to living in RI.

Ringx55
Ringx55

It's good to hear they get to have more stuff and a bigger budget. Hopefully they make a RPG for a generation, I'm hopeful with the genus' behind the studio.

rockcabbage
rockcabbage

Nice to see some more gaming coming to RI, although I still wish it was more along the lines of Take 2, Valve, or Rockstar, but this works too.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Oh look another sport superstar throwing money into a losing venture. This time he is going to drag Rhode Island's tax payers down with him. ;)