In a new interview posted on Boston Magazine’s website, 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling has opened up regarding some very interesting information about a Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel. Apparently 38 Studios were “close to signing” a deal with Take-Two, the company behind publishing successful titles such as BioShock and Grand Theft Auto. Take-Two however pulled out of the “final sign-off” after Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee spoke, referring to Amalur as a “failure”.
Reports stated a few months ago that that the deal to create a sequel to Amalur was canned, and the $35 million deal “dead” after the Governors comments. Take-Two were asked about Schillings comments; the reply was the typical “We do not comment on rumours or speculation”. Even though the pieces of the puzzle seem to fit nicely.
38 Studios has been hit hard since their entire staffs were laid off in May, with many salaries missing, jobs lost, and Schilling himself investing US$50 million into the now bankrupt company. Worse still in a recent bankruptcy hearing, executives from 38 Studios admitted to owing Electronic Arts US$30 million on top of their US$75 million debt to Rhode Island itself.
With all the financial hardship following the aftermath of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, plus Rhode Island owning the rights to the brand itself the chances of an Amalur follow-up are slim to none.
Reckoning was released in early February this year to critical praise and decent sales figures, although sadly not enough to save 38 Studios from their demise.