THQ Nordic picks up Kingdoms of Amalur IP as it continues buying spree

Eric Abent - Sep 6, 2018, 2:07pm CDT
THQ Nordic picks up Kingdoms of Amalur IP as it continues buying spree

It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard the name Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The RPG was supposed to kick off an epic series that included an MMO, but developer 38 Studios shut down shortly after Reckoning released. Ever since then, the Kingdoms of Amalur series has sat dormant, with no indication that we’ll ever see it revived.

Enter THQ Nordic, which announced today that it’s acquired the rights to the Kingdoms of Amalur IP from 38 Studios. Not only does this include the rights to the franchise and the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning name, but it also includes the rights to Project Copernicus.

Project Copernicus, as some of you may remember, was a planned MMO set in the Amalur world. The MMO was in development at the time 38 Studios went bankrupt, so it was never finished. Does this acquisition mean that THQ Nordic will finish Project Copernicus and release it after all these years? It’s always possible, but it may not be entirely realistic – after all, it takes a lot of resources to make a successful MMO, and that may not be what THQ wants to do here in 2018.

In fact, THQ Nordic didn’t detail any of its plans for the Amalur IP in today’s announcement. We can probably expect an enhanced re-release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning at some point down the road, as it’s a well-regarded game among RPG fans. Beyond that, though, what THQ Nordic does with the franchise is anyone’s guess.

It wasn’t too long ago that THQ Nordic announced it had acquired the rights to the Timesplitters series, so the company has definitely been snatching up some older, neglected IPs. Hopefully it won’t be very long before THQ Nordic reveals its plans for both franchises. While we wait for more details, head down to the comments section and let us know if you’d like to see a new game in the Kingdoms of Amalur franchise.


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