Kingdoms Of Amalur Is Getting Remastered As Re-Reckoning

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Kingdoms Of Amalur Is Getting Remastered As Re-Reckoning
Image: THQ Nordic

A new listing on the Microsoft store has revealed a remaster of the 2012 action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning coming August 18.

According to the listing, the remaster will have “improved graphical fidelity” and “refined gameplay.” It’ll also come with all the DLC from the original release. It’s also getting a ridiculous new title: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. It’s not clear if the remaster is also coming to other platforms, but you can get an idea of the game’s new look from some of the screenshots.

Kingdoms of Amalur was one of the more decent role-playing games of the last console generation that wasn’t made by Square Enix, Bethesda, or one of the other publishers known for excelling in the genre. It was instead created by Big Huge Games and 38 Studios, owned by former Red Sox pitcher and bigoted memelord Curt Schilling.

It turns out Schilling was also a terrible game studio boss. Shortly after the game released, employees at 38 Studios stopped getting paid. Having apparently squandered a $US75 ($108) million loan from the state of Rhode Island and $US50 ($72) million of Schilling’s own money through excessive salaries and mismanagement, the studio shutdown. Employees didn’t get their final paychecks, with some now left on the hook for mortgages the company had originally promised to take care of.

THQ Nordic purchased the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur back in September 2018, so none of the original creators, or those hurt most by 38 Studios closure, are likely to benefit at all from the remaster.

Comments

  • I have never finished this game despite owning this game for at least 6 years according to steam achievement… maybe i should revisit it

    I wonder if refined gameplay is more QoL things and less “let’s rip out and redo the combat”

    • I finished it. ‘Tis good! I don’t think I ever dual wielded the hammer and the sword as shown on the banner image up top, though …

  • Oh damn, I am here for that shit. Sign me the hell up. I played that thing for a ridiculous number of hours.

  • Absolutely LOVED Kingdoms of Amalur.. Doubt I’ll play it all over again, but I sunk tonnes of hours into every corner of that game so if it means more people get to play a fun game, I’m all for it.

  • One would hope that if you’ve owned the game since original release that you get the refresh, for free as some other studios have done over the years, instead of trying to farm more money from old ideas like Square Enix.

  • There’s a collector’s edition coming out for this game, but EB Games doesn’t seem to know if it’s going to be released in Australia. If it doesn’t get released here, is there a way to buy things from Amazon even if it says it ONLY ships to the US? I really want that Alyn Shir statue. 🙁

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