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12:30 PM on 07.30.2012

38 Studios shelled out $133 million prior to shuttering

The demise of 38 Studios has been a well chronicled one, but perhaps you're interested in knowing exactly how much money the now defunct developer used prior to shuttering earlier this year. According to WPRI, that figure exc...

Kyle MacGregor



38 Studios declares bankruptcy, investigation begins photo
38 Studios declares bankruptcy, investigation begins
by Samit Sarkar

The death knell has sounded for 38 Studios. Following the layoff of its entire 379-person staff two weeks ago after missing a $1.125 million loan payment to Rhode Island, the developer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and the Project Copernicus MMO has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which means that the company is officially no more and its assets will be liquidated. Here's the full statement from a 38 spokesman, as given to the Providence Journal:

This action comes after several weeks when the company has reviewed, considered and received the recommendations and advice with respect to potential avenues for relief that are currently available. After ongoing negotiations with the State of Rhode Island and potential investors and other interested parties, the Company has been unable to find a solution to the current stalemate.

The bankruptcy filing comes one day after state and federal officials -- the Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Attorney General, Rhode Island U.S. Attorney, and the FBI -- launched a criminal investigation into 38 Studios' finances. Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell told WPRI that they will be looking into "both the money that came from the state as well as the money that came from Bank Rhode Island."

The state funds are the original $75 million loan from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to 38 Studios, initiated in 2010. Bank Rhode Island loaned the company $8.5 million earlier this year, issued against state tax credits that never came to pass. According to O'Donnell, the timing of the investigation and the bankruptcy filing is a coincidence.

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8:00 PM on 06.03.2012

Epic Games saves Big Huge Games staff, now Epic Baltimore

After effectively gambling with this month's rent money in a bid to pay for next's, things were looking pretty bleak a for Curt Schilling's 38 Studios. Running into financial difficulty following the release of Kingdoms of Am...

Kyle MacGregor

9:30 PM on 05.25.2012

The DTOID Show: 38 Layoffs, Zone Of The Enders, & Horses

Hey guys, if you missed today's LIVE LIVE LIVE Destructoid Show, here it is. Tara's out -- I honestly have no idea where she went -- but Anthony Carboni was good enough to fill in. The big news today: Indie Game The Movi...

Max Scoville

5:40 PM on 05.24.2012

Entire staff at 38 Studios and Big Huge Games laid off

It's a very sad day in the gaming industry, as 38 Studios has laid off its entire workforce -- including Baltimore-based studio Big Huge Games -- due to the financial turmoil the company has been in. That's 379 people suddenl...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:15 PM on 05.18.2012

Here's what 38 Studios' Project Copernicus looks like

It's been a busy day for 38 Studios. Amidst the company's recent financial issues, the future of its massively multiplayer online game Project Copernicus wasn't looking so bright. They've decided to go ahead and just put up ...

Jordan Devore





8:00 AM on 05.16.2012

Kingdoms of Amalur dev misses $1.25 million loan payment

Kingdoms of Amalur was hailed by Electronic Arts as a success, partly responsible for the publisher's strong first quarter financial results. Meanwhile, the folks that actually made it are in debt, and the financial future of...

Jim Sterling



Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - Teeth of Naros photo
Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - Teeth of Naros
by Maurice Tan

The second piece of downloadable content in the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning saga has arrived to further pad your already ridiculous list of quests. The previous DLC, "The Legend of Dead Kel," was a varied and fun adventure which experimented with adding some new features to the Reckoning formula.

38 Studios and Big Huge Games continue their experiment in the more traditional "Teeth of Naros" -- a vastly more loot-heavy and straightforward expansion.

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9:30 AM on 04.04.2012

New Reckoning DLC 'Teeth of Naros' releases April 17

A set of new achievements already hinted at new downloadable content for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, set in the Teeth of Naros area. EA and 38 Studios have now officially annouced the DLC to be titled "Teeth of Naros," a l...

Maurice Tan

7:30 PM on 03.27.2012

Achievements hint at Kollossael new Reckoning DLC

A list of achievements for yet to be announced downloadable content for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has appeared on Xbox 360 Achievements. The five achievements look similar in nature to those found in the recently released...

Maurice Tan



Review: Amalur: Reckoning - The Legend of Dead Kel photo
Review: Amalur: Reckoning - The Legend of Dead Kel
by Maurice Tan

One might wonder if a game like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning really needs a downloadable content expansion along the lines of "The Legend of Dead Kel," given the enormous amount of quests and content already available in the core game. Quest and area exploration fatigue can start to kick in by the time you enter Klurikon, after all, and it's likely you still have quite a few side-quests in your journal that you never bothered to complete.

It's good to know, then, that "Dead Kel" goes above and beyond what you would expect from a piece of Reckoning DLC.

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A class guide to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning photo
A class guide to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
by Maurice Tan

The piece of Amalur we've seen in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning may only be a slice of the franchise plans for a larger world, but it's pretty damn big already. As with any role-playing game, it can help to know what kinds of skills and abilities you are actually investing time in to unlock.

Fortunately, you can pay a Fateweaver to respec your entire build in Reckoning, which saves you a lot of worrying. But you still don't want to waste unnecessary gold or time to try out new builds, only to find out they don't work out, do you? Not every description of high-end abilities gives you the best idea of what it will actually play like, much less how they will interact with cross-class builds. Let me help you out with that in a spoiler-free manner.

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Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning  photo
Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
by Jim Sterling

Sometimes, the best way to become a blockbuster videogame is to act like you already are one. That seems to be Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning's modus operandi, and the gambit is paying off. Despite the big names attached to the project, very few people paid attention to the game until recently, when it started confidently presenting itself as a game that everybody wants. 

The power of persuasion at its finest. 

However, once you have everybody's attention, the hardest challenge awaits: being good enough to deserve your own contrived hype. Kingdoms of Amalur wants to play with the big boys of the role-playing genre, and even branch off into MMO territory. Now it's got to prove it has the right stuff to make that happen. 

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7:00 PM on 01.31.2012

Kingdoms of Amalur gets special GameStop midnight release

Regardless of how you feel about GameStop, you have to admit they have some pretty great promotions and incentives, like what they're doing for the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning midnight release. Three different stores will h...

Victoria Medina

7:30 PM on 01.12.2012

Video of the ME3 and Reckoning demo item unlocks

Yesterday we detailed what you'd be getting if you play the Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demos. Well today Electronic Arts has released a little video showing off how the special items look in action. The ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 AM on 01.11.2012

ME3 and Reckoning demos will give you in-game items

The demo for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has a date: January 17, 2012, on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Playing it will unlock two free Reckoning-themed items for Mass Effect 3 and three items for Reckoning itself. Likew...

Maurice Tan