Amalur IP up for sale soon

A year and a half since 38 Studios went bankrupt, Project Copernicus and other IP will be auctioned off.

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More than a year after 38 Studios collapsed, the defunct game company's most prized assets will go up for sale, Rhode Island news hub WPRI reports.

The free-to-play massively multiplayer online game Project Copernicus and other intellectual property will go on sale at an online auction "soon," 38 Studios' court-appointed lawyer Richard Land said.

"The process is taking longer than we anticipated for a variety of reasons including the complexity of the game itself," Land told WPRI. "We have engaged an auctioneer and they are developing an Internet marketplace--or website--to market the game."

This website is expected to launch later this month.

Land also noted that in addition to the auction, "other interested parties" for the IP have come forward. These were not named, nor was an estimation of how much the assets would sell for.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said in May 2012 that the Amalur IP is worth around $20 million.

On top of the Project Copernicus assets, Land said there are "other games" that 38 Studios took over when it acquired Big Huge Games in 2009 that could be sold at auction. In addition, Land pointed out that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning "continues to sell," and a buyer may come forward to purchase the rights to release a sequel.

Two auctions last year liquidated office equipment from 38 Studios in Providence, Rhode Island, and the company's office in Timonium, Maryland, netting less than $1 million, WPRI said.

The United States Securities & Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into the controversial $75 million loan that brought 38 Studios to Rhode Island in 2010.

Discussion

79 comments
Vodoo
Vodoo

I always wondered where the money goes for the current sales of Amalur. Like someone has to be paying for the discs to be made and packaged.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Please don't let EA get it. They will kill it!

GeamzCG
GeamzCG

KoA Was an amazing game and I loved every second of it, it was done so well and everything about it was amazing. Really wish someone good picks this up and makes a sequal or even the MMO

SeanD1972
SeanD1972

So looking forward to someone doing something really good with this.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

Absolutely amazing game, enjoyed every minute of it.

rasputin177
rasputin177

Amalur was a good game that made mistakes in almost every aspect of the game.

If someone was to take the gameplay and other concepts and refine them I think it could be a a fun and engaging action RPG.

Just fix the world please. The most lifeless world I have ever seen in a RPG>

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

Wasnt a bad game but you could tell it was meant to be an mmo first with the world.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I doubt anyone is paying that much.  The IP isn't really so great as to warrant that much money.

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

This is the one auction that might actually take a dent at that 75mil.  (about time?)

R:KoA was a solid game, I put over 100 hours into it...yet, I don't think a sequel would fare well.  

They packed so much in the first time that it was hard to care for all of it.


Catz_03
Catz_03

I wonder who will pick up what. I wouldn't be surprised if EA picks up the Amalur stuff since they were so close to green lighting a sequel before the sh!t hit the fan. 

evil-zodiark
evil-zodiark

the game was average at best and overhyped, simple as that...

Tzardok
Tzardok

I really liked Amalur, it had its own charm. Combat was fun (though not really that challenging). I wouldn't mind a sequel. Let's just hope a good company picks this license up. Don't really care for the MMO part.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

The only RPG that I've played that I could make a badass battle mage. The class system was real flexible and the crafting system was good to. Most of all it was easy to pick up and play with out having convoluted control schemes

Stiler
Stiler

This game had hands down the best combat system of any "Action rpg" game. 


Bethseda sure could learn a thing to do from them, especially for melee combat and mixing skills with each other. 


I'd love to be able to play a magic using warrior and have the magic actually affect my melee combat rather then how Bethseda keeps them separate.

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

I feel bad for them..I mean..Kingdoms of Amalur was a pretty damn good game. It gave me that classic Fable 1 feel. Of course, it didn't have everything, but hey it was a new game, right? And it certainly wasn't bad for a new IP either. I hope a large company buys them and puts them to good use, because there's a lot of talented people there. They need a company where the nice-suited big wigs in corporate don't screw them over and cause them to lose everything.

Riddick123
Riddick123

Wouldn't mind a sequel.  Enjoyed the first.

Lhomity
Lhomity

My friends and I were talking about this and the 38 studios drama earlier this afternoon. Surprised to see this now!

I hope Amalur finds manages to find a home. I'm okay with EA picking this up, but I doubt they will. I'm keen to see some kind of follow-up to Reckoning, but not that MMO, Copernicus.

iomor27
iomor27

All things considered, KoA was a really good game for a new IP. If the right people can get their hands on it, a sequel could end up being an even better game.

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

I hope some one snatches this up and continues the series. :)



Wait! Not so fast EA!. I wasn't talking about you.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Amalur didn't seem to be a bad game, so I'm not surprised to see that it "continues to sell". It wasn't a great success either or labeled a great game by critics, but it got good reviews. Perhaps there will be a sequel to it, but that's taking a risk.

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

Hope bethesda do not get there hands on this, same goes for EA.

R083R70
R083R70

Too bad the original developers won't be heading the project but hopefully some will get jobs with the new ip owner, and maybe the game will turn out even better (Though it has a pretty unique setting and story the telling of the plot was a little weak).

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

@rasputin177 almost every aspect? you surely don't mean combat cause that was better than every other game

Rizer
Rizer

@Thanatos2k I guess they wouldn't be a drawback on it since the first game has been made already. Go Obsidian! Use your hidden sequel making powers!

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

@gargungulunk I agree, so many side quests that after "finishing" the game 120 or 130 hours later I literally had dozens of unfinished side quests. My character was almost max level (39) and just didn't care about any of the loot or side quests anymore.

Vaishakhk
Vaishakhk

@evil-zodiark Underhyped .Its story was average and art could be better but everything else was very good especially the gameplay

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

@Stiler Agree, no floaty melee swings and the ability to mix and match to your preferred play style and character progression or situation was really nice.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Ken Ralston worked on this game, he was the lead designer for morowind and oblivion

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@xGr4ffitix That Leaves Out EA, Ubisoft, and Activision right off the Bat.


Maybe Take 2, 2K, or Bethesda?

Or.....CD Projekt Red.  :)

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Lhomity You Do NOT Want EA Picking this up.  They will dumb it down, destroy it, and render it into garbage like they have done with everything else they've acquired.


Vaishakhk
Vaishakhk

@Hurvl It was a new IP by a unknown company .It sold quite well considering that

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

@MateykoSlam @rasputin177 Well, although combat was more fun than say SKYRIM, it is far outpaced by DRAGON'S DOGMA.  AMALUR's action was antiquated upon release.  It would have been an ok MMO (Project Copernicus) but was already far surpassed on the SP RPG front (SKYRIM for lore/story and DRAGON'S DOGMA with action/combat).  AMALUR will always be a severely mediocre title.  I'd almost rather play NIER...  at least that had poor graphics but good action and an amazing story.   

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

@TheWatcher000 @Lhomity I'm not sure they can dumb this down a whole lot. Don't get me wrong I really liked a lot of it, but this wasn't the most complicated game to master.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@TheWatcher000 @Lhomity Sure, I remember Dragon Age. Great series. DA2 was a little disappointing but still pretty good.

Never played Dead Space.

Don't really care for the anti-EA thing either.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Lhomity @TheWatcher000 There are other good companies that could pick this up.  You do not want EA to have this.  Remember Dragon Age and Deep Space.

Amalur Deserves better.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Hurvl @Vaishakhk It sold enough to justify a sequel....if the company hadn't gone bankrupt because they foolishly spent all their money developing a failed MMO.

Vaishakhk
Vaishakhk

@Hurvl @Vaishakhk The game was quite good. A well known company like EA , Ubisoft , Bethesda can provide good deal of publicity and exposure . The game was good and quite well received by critics and players. I think whoever buys this will give this game another chance