Head on over to Gamasutra to read a personal account of a family affected by the closure of 38 Studios. The anonymously published but reportedly verified account exposes some dodgy treatment of staff including broken promises, long hours, poor information flow and even some shady-sounding contractual details which may leave the author with a poor credit rating. The story of the Kingdoms of Amalur developer’s shut down is a complicated and unhappy one indeed, with suggestions the company was sold out by Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee. Hopefully affected staff are as fortunate as the new team at Epic Baltimore.
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Alongside Battlefield 4, EA has added Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning to its Game Time program on Origin.
Rhode Island’s new charwoman of the House Committee on Oversight may issue subpeonas to get to the truth of what happened between the state and shuttered developer 38 Studios.
Big Huge Games
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer Big Huge Games had been resurrected by two of its original founders, and is already back at work on what it knows best.
Parties affected by the possibility of an out-of-court settlement of the Rhode Island vs 38 Studios suit seem to be coming around to the idea, which would wrap the whole matter up much more expeditiously than at trial.