38 Studios names, dates first project

EA-published Project Mercury redubbed Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning; single-player RPG due out in fall 2011.

Though its massively multiplayer title remains shrouded in mystery, 38 Studios today officially unveiled its upcoming single-player role-playing game. Formerly known as Project Mercury, the title will henceforth be called Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It will ship in fall 2011 and will be distributed by Electronic Arts under its EA Partners banner for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

38 Studios' day of reckoning will come in fall 2011.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is being developed by Rise of Nations studio Big Huge Games, which was bought by 38 Studios in 2009. It will be an all-new intellectual property 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.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be an open-world fantasy RPG in the vein of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. That is no accident. Its project lead is Ken Rolston, who was lead designer on Bethesda Softworks' acclaimed high-fantasy RPGs The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Oblivion. Several other Bethesda alumni are working on the project, as well as a senior designer from LucasArts' The Force Unleashed. Veterans of Civilization and Civilization II are also on board.

In conjunction with the name and date announcement, 38 Studios has launched an official site for its upcoming project, www.reckoningthegame.com. New details on the game may be announced at EA's studio showcase, the presentation for which will be streamed live on GameSpot later today. More information will be revealed at a special Comic-Con 2010 panel on Thursday, when the first trailer for the game will debut.

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31 comments
Ringx55
Ringx55

Arghhh, that's a very long wait. Now we can also assume the MMORPG is coming out mid 2012 :\

apsalar
apsalar

R.A Salvatore. Such a good writer.His books are really good. Hope his skills get transfered well in the game. The end result should be really good hehe

Urworstnhtmare
Urworstnhtmare

Even I have heard of Salvatore. This game should be great.

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Talk about an all star cast from the magnificent Ken Rolston to Todd McFarlane and R.A. Salvatore along with all these experianced highly skilled talents from top notch game companies. This is something to look immensely forward too.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

That's an impressive gathering of talents from both the gaming, comic book and fantasy blockbuster writing*, let's they manage too cook up something really special! *I'm a big fan of Salvatore, for those who may not know, he created Drizzt Do Urden (hope I spelled that right), one of the coolest characters ever and his books are really good.

Khalathwyr
Khalathwyr

@Gelugon_baat If you knew anything about Curt Schilling you'd have known from the start this was fantasy. He's a long time EQ and WoW player aside from being a major league baseball star. Making these games for him is like us normal (not rich) people dreaming about what games we'd make if we did become rich enough to do it. He retired from baseball and is now living that dream. So, it's not really the Bethesda folks as this is a Curt Schilling and R.A. Salvatore brain child.

fikkel
fikkel

Can't wait to see more of this game. I loved rise of nations, rise of legends and seeing ken rolston (morrowind!) working with devs that are civ veterans the game is showing a lot of promise. too bad brian reynolds has left big huge :(

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

the name of the game sounds a little like generic high fantasy to me, but that's alright. This is right up my ally. Definitely on my to watch list now. I won't get too excited until i see some gameplay and features discussion, but I love RPG's. Hopefully there will be good marketing and media coverage on this game.

JS0123456789
JS0123456789

An open world single player rpg - sounds as if it'll be right up my alley - this looks interesting. Also, not to nitpick, but, Curt Schilling isn't a Hall of Famer, it's debatable whether he should be.

FedCom
FedCom

Somehow I remember Todd not really helping much with Ultima Online 2. Pitty that sorta looked interesting but with him actually co-creating... even if this is a color in the lines, by the numbers midevil fantasy game at least it should look a bit gothic.

iceeman
iceeman

single player and a roleplaying game? wow my prayers have been answered !! i'm getting this for my PC and then some.

GravityDs
GravityDs

holy crap. I had no idea the other people were working on this game from bethesda and lucasarts. This may be one of the greatest RPG/MMORPG to ever be created. I hope my expectations aren't let down.

MXVIII
MXVIII

Why dont they just call it Amalur

N4Red_NYC
N4Red_NYC

The name of the title sounds ridiculously great if that makes sense lol, in short EPIC. Also the people on board for this project wins me over. I cannot wait for this game. Plus a MMO on the consoles, this will be interesting because of server problems. I guess they will have that planned out, so nothing to turn me away. Wow 2011 time to be broke for that department in entertainment spending smh too many great titles are coming out

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

I'm ready for this game already, sounds amazing judging by the people involved in making it... Todd McFarlane will create a masterpiece with this game, and I know the people that made Morrowind and Oblivion will help his ideas come to frutation... I'm more excited about this game than Dragons Age 2 to tell you the truth...

BackSeatSuicide
BackSeatSuicide

i think its an alright game title, I've definitely heard way worse, as I'm sure the rest of you had. And I don't Reckoning should be in a Racing Game title, that makes no sense lol, that sounds like it would be in an Action or RPG game. to reckon something is to make due on something that is owed. that would have nothing to do with racing hahaha

mwmars
mwmars

I agree with runstalker.. very awkward name, doesn't roll off the tongue.. in fact, I don't even know how to pronounce "Amalur". "Reckoning" sounds like it should be in a car racing title or something.. all that said, if it's good, i'll definitely play it..

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Looks cool ill have to keep an eye out for this game an this company..Hopefully they can do some good things with rpgs..Kirt was always a fan of everquest he even played the game..Those of you who didnt know that..He formed his own studio an is now working on this game..Sounds cool..Hopefully will be kind of like oblivion with better game-play an art style..Maybe bethestha has some competition now )..

runstalker
runstalker

"Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning" - really guys? Fix your name. It's long, it's awkward, and it's a wacky acronym: KoAR. They're likely expecting us, the player base, to call it either KoA or Reckoning. A considerably cooler name would've been Kingdoms of Reckoning, with its memorable 'KoR' acronym. And if needed, you toss the awkward 'Amalur' into a subtitle, like Kingdoms of Reckoning: Amalur's Fate. Do I have to call these guys...

deathstream
deathstream

The Kingdoms of Amalur name needs to go. "Amalur" just isn't a sexy name for a game box. The RPG hardcore won't mind, but for mass appeal they need something catchier.

schulzie10
schulzie10

this perhaps will even beat oblivions standards i need to see some gameplay first :) and screenies

GearHead3000
GearHead3000

This is the game that Rich Gallup is making. Awesome.

reeree746
reeree746

I'm just glad I know what the head designer of Oblivion is doing.

Raephius
Raephius

The title is very weak... I suspect this game will go largely unnoticed, despite the big names behind the scenes.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

I'm glad to know what the lead designer for Oblivion is now working on... make another great one Ken.... fill it with good quests, plenty of factions, and keep "virtual sex" out of it!!

Chiyou
Chiyou

Todd Mcfarlane is awesome, excited to see the trailer

JPH85
JPH85

I really want ES:V.

Xeogua
Xeogua

First, lol. Hope it turns out good.