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Project Copernicus is “a lot of junk”, says RI governor

Thursday, 19th December 2013 23:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Project Copernicus, 38 Studios’ unfinished MMORPG set in the Kingdoms of Amalur universe, is pretty rubbish, one politician has opined.

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee called Copernicus “a lot of junk”, according to the Miami Herald.

We have no way of knowing how accurate Chafee’s assessment of the unfinished project is, but it failed to attract an acceptable bid during a recent auction, which Chafee said did not surprise him. Although the project has been described as nearly finished and with a lot of potential, it’s also been acknowledged that in its current state, it’s not fun.

The state of Rhode Island issues a $75 million loan to Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios so the developer would move in; Chafee, in the running for governor, opposed the loan. He has now said the loan was inspired by panic over the state’s possible economic collapse, and decried the decision to give “a retired baseball player a huge amount of taxpayer money” despite his lack of business experience.

Rather than cast blame at those who made the decision, though, the politician is focused on recouping the money.

When 38 Studios began to go bankrupt, Chafee allegedly refused to offer leniency or aid, to the disappointment of concerned parties, and has since been an outspoken detractor of the company. The state is now suing former 38 Studios leaders over mismanagement, among other allegations.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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9 Comments

  1. Hybridpsycho

    Why should we give a fuck about what this guy thinks of a game? It’s not like I believe it would’ve been any good, but does this guy has anything to say from a gamers perspective?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Luciferous

    I usually soften my language for the internet’s sake but.. Chafee comes across as an utter cunt. Because he was against something out of his power he chose to hand 38 the rope and tie the noose for them when he DID have the power, instead of helping a company that was struggling to meet unrealistic financial demands.

    If it’s a ‘load of junk’ let someone buy it for a pittance instead of spouting twaddle about there being no acceptable bids.

    I hope that the suing of 38 goes wrong for him and that no one buys Amalur/Copernicus so that the total winnings of his fight against 38 amounts to the (roughly) 350,000 USD that they got from the other stuff.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Ballisticon

    LOL a politician spouting off about mismanagement. RI is about as corrupt as they come so this is quite amusing. I wonder if Chafee gives a shit about the millions of dollars in RI tax money they hand out to their friends and benefactors for their votes.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Dragon

    He is joking, right?

    #4 11 months ago
  5. lookingglass

    If this guy wanted his taxpayers’ money back he’d try to sell it, not slander it.

    But no. He wants a scandle. He wants to say “I told you so”. He wants to LOOK like a hero. All he really wants is re-elected.

    Who cares about the taxpayers right?

    What a piece of political shit.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. xxJPRACERxx

    This guy’s an asshole. It’s almost like he has a personal vendetta against Schilling. He keep pounding him any chance he get.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. KineticCalvaria

    @6, I think that’s precisely what it is, this is definitely personal. Schilling did his best but he did lack any business experience so it was always in danger of failing but it’s pretty harsh how Chafee is going after him like this and to be fair KoA was pretty decent for his first game.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. fearmonkey

    Chafee cares more about his little personal vendetta than recouping any money from the sale. If he cared about getting the assets sold, he wouldnt be calling it junk.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Cobra951

    The whole situation is ridiculous. Rhode Island effectively criminalized what was a mundane business failure, something which bankruptcy/administration is supposed to handle. Now once again, a politician is inexplicably involved in what should be a business venture? What a mistake it was for these devs to deal with that damned state. I’m sure at least one of the other 49 would have been happy to let them bring business and jobs to their constituents, without persecution.

    #9 11 months ago

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