Kingdoms of Amalur reckoning early next year

Electronic Arts sets Q1 release window for fantasy role-playing game from Curt Schilling's upstart 38 Studios.

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Electronic Arts today released its results for the January-March period (its fiscal fourth quarter), showing the stretch to be a particularly strong one for the publisher. Next year's fiscal fourth quarter is also shaping up to be pretty important for the publisher, as today EA added BioWare's Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning to a January-March 2012 lineup that already featured SSX.

Man will know neither the hour nor the day, but at least we can pin down the fiscal quarter.

Originally tagged with a fall 2011 release date, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be the first game released from 38 Studios, the outfit founded by former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Reckoning began life at THQ's Big Huge Games under the code name "Project Mercury," but when the publisher revealed its intention to close the outfit, 38 Studios struck a deal to acquire both the project and the developer. At the time, EA Partners general manager David DeMartini said that EA will play "air traffic control for [role-playing game] fans" to make sure the game's launch didn't conflict with that of any BioWare titles.

The fantasy-themed RPG will feature a number of genre staples, from skeleton warriors and cave trolls to swords and sorcery. Players will be able to dictate the progression of their protagonists, choosing and developing a variety of skills that will determine an optimum play style as well as character classes.

For more on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

21 comments
m4a5
m4a5

They are hyping this up quite a bit. Here's to hoping there isn't a big letdown...

mdurrani
mdurrani

they better have a new trailer at E3

Custodian405
Custodian405

Im actually pretty excited to see what this game brings. It's got great people working on it but that doesn't guarantee anything really. Also, this better not cut into R. A. Salvatore's book writing time. Im expecting the next Drizzt book as promised by Oct.4 Mr. Salvatore!

joeborg14
joeborg14

Watched a conference with four of the leads behind this game a while back. Very excited to see more!

Altaireed
Altaireed

@noigel Dude...chill out..it's a GAME.

noigel
noigel

Ok, nobody noticed that the guy in the game is JUMPING around with a COMPLETE set of HEAVY armor and a 2H Heavy Hammer in his back?!?!?!?!?

smoman5000
smoman5000

This game is looking good. Hopefully theres more info at E3

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i am very interested in this game. heck, i think when this game is released, i will wear my schilling red sox jersey to buy it! heh.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Judging by everything I've seen so far, this game is shaping up to be good, and I'm definitely interested in seeing what this 'dream team' can pull together. Hopefully they include a good variety of side quests, and polish it to death before release.

nevershoutnevea
nevershoutnevea

it looks great..and kinda demon souls style .i like the grandpa hes so hyper..hehe.im going to follow this :] PS3 and PC ..cool

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Looks good, hopefully it turns out to be good too.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i have all faith on mcflane,after all he brought me spawn

AnonYC
AnonYC

Looks and sounds promising, looking forward to seeing more.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

@Vari3ty: If you haven't read yet, ME3 has been delayed for early '12.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Early next year is already looking fantastic. Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning within the same quarter? And with Skyrim and Dark Souls probably coming later this year? The RPG gods have answered my prayers.

airshocker
airshocker

Awesome. Looking forward to this game.

Barighm
Barighm

Sounds like it has enough development time and the budget to be a great game, but I wonder how much money Schilling blew on this project?

chang_1910
chang_1910

ok... this is funny in a silly way... lets hope this game is as good as he make it sounds.. here for action RPGs

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Cwagmire21 He used to play everquest back in the day..Was a huge eqonline player..Even i heard of him playing on another server..When i played on veeshan..Had his own guild..Was one of the top players in the game..Also he is making a online world as believable as eq2 was..Not that dumbed down crap that is wow.. Check out the game Kingdum of alamatur it look great..Its sort of elder scrollsish..You guys will here more about it during e3 im sure..

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

MLB Pitcher making a game studio? Crazy! But kinda cool, even though I dont' care for baseball.