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Lawyer: Interest greater than expected for 38 Studios IP

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

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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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