THQ Nordic have recently announced that they have acquired the Kingdoms Of Amalur IP from 38 Studios.
During 2012, 38 Studios was shut down due to financial troubles and debt concerning the state of Rhode Island also leading to the cancellation of their upcoming MMO game titled Project Copernicus, which was intended to be set in the same universe as their previous title Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. While 38 Studios were unable to make a franchise out of the IP, it appears THQ Nordic have seen its’ promise.
Released just a few months before 38 Studios shut down, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning was a third-person action RPG following the story of the Fateless One, a mortal revived from death with no memory of their past life. The game was praised mainly for its combat and story, unfortunately, it had a hard time finding an audience leading to underwhelming sales.
The title needed to reach 3 million sales to be considered a financial success. However, it only managed to hit 1.2 million sales. A common complaint shared between critics was that the game felt generic and uninspired, which may have been the reason it failed to attract players. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being released only a few months prior and garnering a lot of attention may have also detracted from sales.
The title also set up a lot of world-building, with New York Times best-seller author R.A. Salvatore creating a 10,000-year history for the universe to be used as groundwork for future titles.
THQ Nordic have a lot of names under their umbrella, and with a lot of future potential already laid out for the Kingdoms Of Amalur IP, their recent acquisition may pay off in the long run if given a strong enough identity. It is currently unknown which development team will be creating future Kingdoms Of Amalur titles, but hopefully, the franchise can find success in the future.