Lawyer: Interest greater than expected for 38 Studios IP

Lawyer for state of Rhode Island seeking to delay upcoming online auction to accommodate interest.

Interest in the various 38 Studios/Big Huge Games IP has been greater than expected from potential bidders, Rhode Island's lawyer Richard J. Land told The Providence Journal today. As a result, Land is seeking permission from a Rhode Island Superior Court judge to delay the upcoming online auction a few weeks.

The 38 Studios/Big Huge Games online auction is currently slated for November 13-14. 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 intellectual property assets in the Amalur fantasy universe. These include MMO Project Copernicus, sequel rights to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and merchandise rights and revenue streams associated with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Also featured in the auction are 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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MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

KoAR was/is good 'cause of its combat, while there's still room for improvement there (combo system?) the downside was that whenever i wanted to explore the world of Amalur i didn't feel the same way when i explore any of the Bethesda games (FO3, NV, TES IV/V).

It's quests upon quests without any incentive to actually do them, i just wanted to jump into more combat ASAP. So the guy(s) doing the combat mechanics really did a good job, and while the world is rich in lore, it's poor in motivation to explore it.

It's still a good game overall, though you might get bored by the end.

codac
codac

Well no S**t, it sold around 3m, which for a new IP, that's crazy. With some tweaking to the lore, camera, and a jump button, it could have been quite memorable.

hadlee73
hadlee73

With all the suggestions and hoping going on on the forum above and below me, everyone knows it will eventually go to Gearbox :P lol

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

I Love KOA Hope whoever gets it, doesn't botch it the F up Give us all that creativity, beauty, & wonder please! 

deathstream
deathstream

Great news.  I want to see someone who really wants to build the franchise get their hands on it.  

King_Wii
King_Wii

I hope that Bethsoft or Bioware get this game as I think they'd do some amazing things with it. I loved the original game and I would hate to see it die off due to seriously bad business choices. Also the MMO looks like it'd be fun to me, whoever picks it up should put it on Xbox One and PS4.

McGregor
McGregor

Excited to see KoA: Reckoning get a sequel. I'll definitely be purchasing it. Now, if Bethesda could buy KoA, and put the combat mechanics in their Elder Scrolls franchise, they would have the greatest game ever!

meatz666
meatz666

NOBODY CARES ABOUT STUDIO 38 AND AMALUR ANYMORE!

STOP WASTING YOUR TIME WITH THIS STUFF!

PlasmaRush
PlasmaRush

I would love to see someone take that Rise of Nations IP and make something of it, that was a great game.

Stiler
Stiler

@King_Wii Please not Bethseda (Elder Scrolls), while I enjoy the TES series they have some of the WORST combat systems in an rpg, the melee combat is just out right dreadful and about as boring and cheap as you can get.

Bioware or someone would be a better fit, as long as they keep that kind of combat in KoA and further refine it and make it more in depth and harder.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

@King_Wii I have zero interest to log into Origin to play the sequel. I would rather that Valve or some other company take over the franchise.

berserks
berserks

@meatz666 I care and like a lot of people , i ll buy amalur 2 if it stay true to the first game .

deathstream
deathstream

@evil_m3nace @King_Wii 

Then we would NEVER see a game.  Valve stopped being a game company a long time ago.  Now they just want a monopoly in the PC market.

valium88
valium88

@gamingnerd121 @McGregor  

I'm sure the word you are looking for is revive, Bethesda could have made it something more than a WOW clone with somewhat good combat-mechanics. The lore of the world was pretty cool.

meatz666
meatz666

@StHapns247 @meatz666 Yeah. That's why the article, without my "ramblings", has 8 comments... Pretty popular...

meatz666
meatz666

@berserks @meatz666 I bought on day one... I felt misguided with all the 9s it was getting. I found the game a bit boring. It gets easy fast, and everybody has a quest for you. Sometimes I couldn't even remember the characters and reasons why I was doing a specific quest, I was doing it to get XP and items.

I did like the concept, the races, the setting, the lore. But I think the game throws so many quests at you, that it starts to feel like a generic MMO, even having all that stuff I said. The combat system was awesome, but it got easy pretty quick, so I only needed to button mash.

I don't think Amalur would interest me more than a new IP with the cool things about it, without being it, you know?

Just my opinion, I was joking before, I do know that a lot of people enjoy this game.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

@zintarr @PlasmaRush Rise of nations Was a great idea and a great game.The sequel, an alternate universe game (Rise of Legends)had good ideas, but it wasn't a Rise of nations game, so I have no idea why they decided to make it a part of the series

valium88
valium88

@meatz666 @valium88 @gamingnerd121 @McGregor  

You are right, in Amalur it felt like an mmo where you get a ton of quests without any sense of purpose. Sadly that's the case for many RPGs lately. DA:Origins may have been a "cliche" but it's one of the RPGs of the last five years that really gave the character a purpose, even the side-quests could hold a consequence or a small reward in some fashion. I think Dragon Age: Inquisition will turn out great, and also The Witcher 3, those two games will set the bar for the RPG genre, I'm pretty sure of it. Bethesda are great at making open, interesting and vibrant worlds, but also they will need to work on the quests and story to keep the fans interested imo.

meatz666
meatz666

@The-Neon-Seal Maybe what ruined the game for me was that I had some pre-order weapons, and some stuff for playing ME3

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@berserks @meatz666 I'm rolling as half thief/half mage (with the sweet, sweet Nightcrawler/Pixie style teleporting it gives you) and Reckoning has pwned practically every boss so far. They attack and the fight's over ten seconds later (nine seconds of that being one long merciless combo of death!).

berserks
berserks

@meatz666 @berserks I only used reckoning for the last 5 % health on bosses and did nt go the warrior way so it was nt easy all the time for me :)


But ya some things would have to change but keeping the good point you mentioned about the game is key .