38 Studios' Kingdoms of Amalur auction set for December 11

Liquidation auction rescheduled for next month, organizers confirm.

The 38 Studios/Big Huge Games liquidation auction--which will see franchise rights for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and MMO Copernicus go to the highest bidder--will be held on December 11, auction organizer Heritage Partners has announced. The auction will be telephonic, meaning it will be held over the phone.

The auction will begin on December 11 at 10 a.m. EDT and last only two hours, ending at 12 noon. The auction was previously scheduled to span two days--November 13-14. However, the auction was delayed last week after potential bidders expressed greater than expected interest in the franchises.

Proceeds will go to the state of Rhode Island, which assumed ownership of the franchises when 38 Studios and subsidiary Big Huge Games went bankrupt last year.

Included in the auction are a number of assets, including MMO Project Copernicus, sequel rights to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and various intellectual property rights for Big Huge Games franchises, including Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends, and Catan.

Proprietary game technology--the Big Huge Games Engine--and the 38 Studios' gaming, social media, and development platform codenamed Helios are also up for auction.

No individuals or publishers have come forward publicly to date to express interest in any of the franchises or technology.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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26 comments
renerak
renerak

Go Go buy the damn game, all it needs are some more lively and detailed enviroments and some decent facial animations, it will become an epic game.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

"The auction will be telephonic, meaning it will be held over the phone." 

Tell me, Eddie. What do you think your audience is?

TheHappyDrunk
TheHappyDrunk

No buyers yet? You think they'll let me buy the Amalur IP for $20?

R083R70
R083R70

Was such a great game I really hope to see a sequel, I believe it can be one of the big names in open world RPG's someday if it isn't already.



Iranazi
Iranazi

I really do hope someone good picks it up

muffin2020
muffin2020

"The auction will be telephonic, meaning it will be held over the phone." Thanks for clearing that up I'm sure we would all be lost without your help GS.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Reckoning was really great, and I thought the game found a nice balance between something like Elder Scrolls and a more traditional action game. I agree that the series has a great amount of potential, and really hope someone picks it up who can keep it going. I'd definitley purchase a sequel.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

Kingdoms of Alamur was an awesome game... The skill tree could of used a bit of work, but I enjoyed it... Not as good as dragons dogma dark arisen but stilll good.

thegamegod
thegamegod

I hope a worthwhile publisher gets a hold of kingdoms. While it had its issues it was still a brilliant game. But knowing today industry one of the giants like Activision or EA will pick it up and destroy it.

liketheriver7
liketheriver7

Please EA or Microsoft take this over. This was a surprisingly fun game. The look of it was very different than the norm for a RPG. also the cards in it was a nice little touch. Plus you look pretty bad ass in the Mass Effect gear.

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

December 11 eh... Well i wouln't be surprised if it is delayed again. Seriously, the rights for this game were supposed to be auctioned looooong ago. It has taken waaaaay too long.

Oh well, i hope it goes in the right hands for the right price. KOA 2 could be great.

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

Sony should buy this to compete with fable...or just squish it. Or ms should buy it and replace fable

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

Please someone buy Kingdoms and carry on the game, it still has a lot of potential and in the right hands it would do great.

devilzzzwin
devilzzzwin

First ... and I hope a really good gaming company gets these licenses so we can maybe see a KOAR mmorpg someday or at least some more KOAR 1p games ?

Dexyu
Dexyu

@LADIES_MAN_2013 Amalur had good setting but needs a bit more human interactions and random events homes stuff lieke that and it can be something amazing + Faking warglaves WARGLAVES Im illidan get rdy to diee!!!!

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Dexyu @LADIES_MAN_2013 There was housing in Amalur you could buy.  Unless I am misunderstanding you.

TheHappyDrunk
TheHappyDrunk

@liketheriver7 @Riddick123 @LADIES_MAN_2013 That would be a good idea if the original devs were still there. The current Bioware staff's products haven't been living up to the studio's name. This isn't about EA trying to monetize everything. That's their job as a publicly-traded company (maximizing profits). The problem is that they don't have the best track record with studio acquisitions. The studios they acquire definitely don't have the same creative and executive leeway that allowed them to make great games before being acquired. Cases in point: Maxis, Bioware, Mythic, Pandemic.

liketheriver7
liketheriver7

@Riddick123 @LADIES_MAN_2013 Forgot you arent allowed to like EA they are "evil" and "money hungry" EA could pass it over to Bioware, new Dragon Age is looking good, gives them a different style world to take over. Im one of the few who like EA's games and products.