EA wants to publish Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2

Labels president Frank Gibeau says he's hopeful sequel will be made, would "love" to be a publishing partner for it.

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Electronic Arts is hopeful that a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sees the light of day, and would enjoy being a publishing partner for the potential project, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told Game Informer magazine (via Videogamer).

EA is hopeful a Reckoning sequel will be made.

"I think it's unfortunate how everything worked out [for 38 Studios]," Gibeau said. "At the end of the day, we saw a lot of creativity and vision in the team that Curt [Schilling] put together. We thought the game was terrific. It reviewed well."

"We built a good business there and hope there's a sequel to it someday. We'd love to be a partner for that."

Following the launch of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning in February, 38 Studios founder and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling revealed a sequel was in the works. It is unclear what the status of this project is presently, as 38 Studios laid off its entire staff in May, on its way to filing for bankruptcy and becoming the subject of an FBI investigation.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning won warm reviews across the board and sold 1.2 million copies, outperforming EA's sales estimates, according to Schilling. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

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freestylar02
freestylar02

i liked a lot about this game and followed it much more eagerly than any other fantasy adventure than any other as they are all reflective of one another in recent times. so why not cut EA out of the picture all together and go for a crowd sourcing option. enough of a fan base from the 1st game would pay the $100 reward price to get a game on completion and it would take EAs part away from it altogether meaning the developers get the whole profit for their efforts and that could also mean they would be in a better position to develop a 3rd game. plenty of kickstarter games for instance have received millions in funding, and i think KOA-2 could easily do the same.

saadomar90
saadomar90

What a shame. This game reminded me a lot about God of war, Elder scrolls and Dragon age. It's a pity that what could've been, will never be. I hate EA for the things it does, it even tainted my favorite game ever Mass Effect. I hope the majority of 38 studios people got picked up by another good company, maybe Lionhead studios. 

JimB
JimB

I might be prejudice, but I really liked this game.  It has some problems which can be easily fixed in the next game.  The combat and spell were the best I have seen in a long time.  The leveling of character abilities was great not like the old days putting point in stats.  The art work in this game was fantastic and the detail made it a pleasure just to play the game.

 

kozakon
kozakon

i just finish KOA and now i'm  playing the DLC. that's how much i love this game, i just hope that in the next game the player's character will have its on voice. 

OmegaSabre
OmegaSabre

KOA was ok. My main problem with the game was that it was too easy. I don't really trust that the sequel would be any good or improve on the game. They just want quick money. I mean it's EA. Toss out mediocre titles and watch people fall for them.

Dysantic
Dysantic

Of course EA want's to jump on the bandwagon. There is money to be had and people to exploit. You don't think the people at 38 Studios will jump on the next job they can get after the sham of a situation that happened to them?

 

If they do make a sequel, I hope no one expects it to be anything like the original because EA would never do that. It would involve listening to fans and trying to replicate what worked, instead they will just churn out the easiest, cheapest thing they can and say its a sequel...

Elinazariel
Elinazariel

All good games are ruined with greediness :(

Destrond
Destrond

What a bunch of a**holes. Seriously, you take all that money for yourself, then mock the company that you helped die by saying "oh we would have funded the next game trollface.jpg"

 

So many reasons to hate EA. SO MANY!!!

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Yeah I bet they do considering how well they lucked out not having to pay the developers that sales-related bonus.

DarthSithari
DarthSithari

I'd feel beter if Epic Games published this one, I wouldn't trust EA with this any further then I could throw them.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

I'm not saying it needs to be made by the same people, but I am saying that it needs to be made with the same love and care the first one did.  I'm not saying KOA was perfect (they could have gotten better writers for some of the parts, the camera was rough, etc), but it was obviously crafted by ppl who wanted to make something great.  If this goes through, and I hope it does, I hope it's made by people who are in love with the idea.

PurpleRose
PurpleRose

I wish publishers stopped asking developers to stop making the same games over and over again.

wespunk
wespunk

HI I HOPE EA   DOES  MAKE A SEQUEL TO KOA AS I REALLY LIKED THE FIRST GAME   AND I HOPE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT DID THE FIRST GAME DOES THE SEQUEL TOO. BECAUSE IF SOMEONE ELSE DONE IT THEY WONT FOLLOW  THE STORY AND THE SETTINGS ,QUESTS ECT.,AND I HOPE THEY MAKE A BIGGER WORLD TO EXPLORE IN TOO

musalala
musalala

Please let this happen!!!

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

KOA was really a wonderful game, first time I played it I knew I would enjoy it. It really got it's foot in the door. If there were to be a sequel, I just hope they will keep what the first one presented and built on that. If that happens I'll be more than willing to pledge my support.

Skaidon
Skaidon

I would love a sequel, great game with a lot of potential. R.A. Salvatore is a solid writer, far more enjoyable story/writing than Skyrim.

Opstinger
Opstinger

Here's my experience of Kingdoms of Amalur: I booted the game, created my character, saw my character in-game, realized my character runs as though something was shoved up his butt, deleted my male character, created a female character, realized she also runs as though something was shoved up her butt, and ejected the disc.

 

There's no way I would be investing 20+ hours of my life with that kind of sophomoric animation, plus having already known that the game's world is generic.

 

How could a game with such talents as Jim Lee and R.A. Salvatore turn out to be so poorly executed and uninteresting? Curt Schilling hired these guys to recreate an action adventure RPG based on a pre-determined formula that he assumed would play safe and be successful. He made his own action adventure RPG based on his conviction of the popularity of WoW instead of letting these guys unleash their creative juices and go to town with what they do best.

 

Give this franchise to Bioware and I'll probably be interested.

Gamelander
Gamelander

The game and world have potential, but I do hope if it is picked up for a sequel, that it would be handled and funded by actual gaming companies with real expectations; perhaps we may also see a better design for the game, fixes to issues such as easy leveling, MMO type quests and overall, a better game.

kozakon
kozakon

i love KOA and i hope for a sequel but only if it will be made by the same people who made the original.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Funny how everyone lost out exept EA... Not saying it's their fault or anything (for a change) just funny how they still manage to make profit out of something everyone else lost out on.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

I'm sorry, but what are they under investigation for?

pszone
pszone

Well EA dont care about creators who made the game in the first place enough said.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I can't believe I missed the news about the FBI investigation. I knew it! How can it be that Big Huge Games, which developed KoA, only has $50-100 million in liabilities but two other subsidiary of 38 Studios each have 2-10 times more liability but more than 10 times less in assets? I guess this isn't the right question. A better question is how can the failure of such a company be blamed on one game or even on Big Huge Games, which developed the game?

 

Until the investigation unearths any wrong-doing on EA's part, its hands are surprisingly clean of the whole affair. Though I am not a fan of EA, I am for its acquiring Big Huge Games and the KoA IP if it's the only way to keep the devs and the game going.

myungish
myungish

With release day dlc and origin exclusivity no doubt. Oh, let's not forget the over the top, misleading marketing, and mass bribery to the so called 'gaming journalists' for good reviews.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

I actually purchased this game, but only played it for about an hour. Then Mass Effect 3 came out, and I promised myself I would never buy anything related to EA/BioWare ever again. So this game is sitting in my living room entertainment stand, collecting dust. I'm sure it's a good game, but it's just....ugh EA.

keyb0red
keyb0red

you guys ever consider Kickstarter?

 

 

vaultdweller941
vaultdweller941

@saadomar90 and continueing where my comment left off the only things screwd up wit masseffect was that from the ashes was origanolly sapposed to be colectors edition only because before i ordered my C.E. of M.E.3 i looked at what i was getting and it said all the ingame content that i got pluss 1 C.E. EXCLUSIVE DLC and that could have only been FTA's because minus that all other content was on list and my only prob with ending was it wasnt what they promised if they had of said it was going to be a deus ex knock off i would have been happy wit the ending its like if i give a friend 10$ to bye lunch he says hes getting pizza but brings back tacos ya i love tacos but i was promised pizza any other day id be happy wit tacos thats what was wrong with ME3 nothing else and thats not 100% EAs fault some of the blame goes to bioware and one more thing endings are hard to do no matter how good or bad someones going to be unsatisfied you cant make every one happy its inpossible someone will find a flaw somewhere

vaultdweller941
vaultdweller941

@saadomar90 ok so i know im responding to anolder post but what are you even talking about EA for this is about a 38 studios game EA had nothing to do with this game other than putting money into it its not like with dragonage or masseffect where they own bioware so ya the whole fact that koar2 may not come out is not somthing EA did and as for masseffect well if your blaming EA you also should blame bioware because ya EA pushed bioware to release game it was bioware that didnt work fast enough to have game done before deadline so yeah

Andrak_Vol
Andrak_Vol

 @wespunk A sequel by EA is supported by EA is better than no sequel at all, I too would love the same team to create KOA2 this time with proper funding.

Andrak_Vol
Andrak_Vol

 @Skaidon Yeah Skyrim takes your breath away by the vastness of it all, but looking back after finishing all the major quests they all feel dull.KOA story and unique class system and fun combat entice me back, whether as the thing that draws me back into skyrim is usually mod based.(yay Fateweavers, changing class during the game is sweet)  

roganth
roganth

 @JimmeyBurrows

 EA didn't borrow $75 million to make the game

the game sold well enough, the problem was 38 studios borrowed so much money from everyone to make it and copernicus and set up their studios

okassar
okassar

 @JimmeyBurrows Epic benefited too. It got some of the top talent that worked on the original Amalur.

Stiler
Stiler

 @samantha_sneez 38 studios took a huge loan (75mil or so) from Rhode Island, they missed payments and had to go belly up because they couldn't pay it.

 

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samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Hunnie bunnie, EA doesn't give a rat's ass about nobody. They just care about your money. Wooooosh!

smoker1993
smoker1993

 @Unfallen_Satan 

the failure of 38s is not because of reckoning it is because of 6 years of devolpment of corpenicus.

thats where the money went.

and besides. EA funded the whole budget of reckoning. all 35 million.

 

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

 @Unfallen_Satan

 problem is EA has a reputation for ruining franchises wether they need rescuing or not, they buy it then rush it, split it into DLC, market it as the best thing EVAR and roll around in cash from all the stupid kids who dont know they are getting half a game because they never played games prior to a couple of years ago so they think its the greatest f*in  thing ever...

 

i THUROGHLY spit at the thought of another good franchise ending up in the hands of people who systematically drain all the fun/depth/ingenuity of any developer in the name of quick profits. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @samantha_sneez It would make sense if you had just decided not to buy it, but since you already own it... why not play it? It wouldn't involve giving any more money to EA

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

 @keyb0red

In my opinion, I would not pay EA anyting if they did a Kickstarter, because they have enough money to make the game publish by having another developer company to develop the game.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Maybe because I'm enjoying The Witcher 2 and I don't want to interrupt my very enjoyable play through of that, petal.

Opstinger
Opstinger

 @interrasteral7 My thoughts exactly. EA running a kickstarter while having exploitative DLC practices... No thank you.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

 @smoker1993

 Of course not. I rarely use sarcasm. When I do, I always make it known immediately so there is no confusion. I also apologize if it came out wrong and sounded offensive.

smoker1993
smoker1993

if you didnt mean it to be offencive reply. then im sorry for misinturbutating your comment.

 

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

 @smoker1993

 Of course. I am a strong believer in you reap what you sow and just rewards. I still think you provided useful information. Are you not happy that you did?

smoker1993
smoker1993

 @Unfallen_Satan 

that statement by me was for the people blaiming EA for being creedy bastards.

if you were to fund 100% of some bussines. wouldnt you want to be compensated good before the partner gets a slice too.