Wed, Jun 05, 2013 | 23:12 BST
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sales line Rhode Island’s pockets
After the publisher’s cut, proceeds from ongoing sales of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning go to the State of Rhode Island, primary creditor of shuttered developer 38 Studios.
The state’s lawyer, Richard Land of Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, told Gamespot that it has benefited from ongoing sales of the RPG to the tune of $713,000 since the property and related assets defaulted to it last year.
The game is still on sale because EA still has the right to sell and profit from it, which is lucky for Rhode Island.
These sales were all made via Steam; physical copies of the game still in stores do not profit Rhode Island, and there was no mention of Origin, EA’s own digital distribution service.
Rhode Island also made $430,000 selling off 38 Studios’ physical assets, a process which began in October 2012.
The Amalur IP, which was a joint effort from R.A. Salvatore, Todd McFarlane and Ken Rolston – among others – is still up for grabs, with several parties showing interest.
The state is suing 38 Studios , which went bankrupt with a huge load unpaid. There are tears and recriminations on both sides, with 38 Studios saying the state was not supportive enough and the state saying 38 Studios was reckless with money. Rhode Island is investigating washing its hands of the whole affair.
Reckoning met mixed reviews, as it suffers from quest glut and a little bit of fantasy fatigue, but it has loads of content and one of the most satisfying action combat systems of any RPG, as well as some unique seting and story features.