If you weren’t already aware then 38 Studios, developers of the awesome Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, officially closed their doors last week, having been unable to repay loans. The first hints of a problem began when the studio, owned by baseball legend Curt Schilling, couldn’t repay a $1-million state of Rhode Island who had given the company the loan to help them get on their feet and get their first title, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developed, before starting work on the MMORPG, also set in the Amalur universe, that was to follow.
The news that 38 Studios had closed was even more surprising given that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning did both commercially and critically well, selling 1.2-million copies in the first 90-days and boasting a Metacritic score of 80 for the Xbox 360 version of the game, with both the PS3 and PC versions of the game sitting on 81. Still, this wasn’t enough to save the company.
But now it seems that 38 Studios closing has been great advertising for Kingdoms of Amalur, with the game suddenly reappearing in the UK charts despite not being there for several months. Amalur has popped into 26th place on the charts, putting it neck and neck with Just Dance 3 and Mario Kart 7. Sadly this boost in sales won’t be any help to 38 Studios, but it may help persuade EA to buy the Amalur IP so that we can see some future titles in the series, and perhaps even persuade them to take on the staff from 38 Studios and Big Huge Games.