Submitted by CranberryPub 1036d ago | news

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sales spike following 38 Studios closure

GamerZines writes: "UK sales of action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning have spiked in the past week following news that the company has shut its doors." (Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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moegooner88  +   1036d ago
Just got it from Zavvi for just 15 pounds, one of the best offers i have seen.
Blastoise  +   1036d ago
Yeah I saw that deal. Zavvi have some good offers sometimes, I bought Disgaea 4 for £15 there too.

*Secret Zavvi employee*
user7792788  +   1036d ago
I know right when i saw it on there i shocked to see it for that price, brought it up straight away zavii has some great deals sometimes, i got the alien anthology blu ray set for like 8 pounds
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showtimefolks  +   1036d ago
hopefully it is selling well and hopefully EA or some publisher will buy the IP
dcbronco  +   1036d ago
Buy the IP for what. So they can go out of business too?
showtimefolks  +   1036d ago

seriously you don't know how Ip's work? its worth more than 20 million
ATi_Elite  +   1036d ago
BLAME 38 Studios the most
Many have said the game was good and a very solid experience.

Too bad most sites were too busy talking about Call of Duty or Syndicate (which sold like crap) instead of giving an upstart studio some shine.

EA should have done more to get the Positive feedback out instead of there constant STUPID banter about BF3 vs. MW3.

That's the problem with the Industry. Too many free gifts from big name publishers and big time studios end up sometimes drowning out the effort and quality from the little guys and upstarts.

.....and then too 38 Studios COMPLETELY BLEW THE BUDGET!!! Way to waste $75 mill! That should of been 3 games completed!!!
Noctis Aftermath  +   1036d ago
I had seen plenty of reviews, news, advertisements for KoA on many gaming sites before and after its launch, i believe they had plenty of time in the spotlight.

If they used $75 million for that then they set their sights way too high, if they stayed below $50 mil im sure it would have been a much better success story.

Pretty much every single IP that is doing big numbers now started off much much smaller and built up the fanbase over several installments, this seems like they wanted the Elder Scrolls numbers on their first attempt! completely ridiculous.
turgore  +   1035d ago
a new IP from a new developer would definetely have a hard time, then there are two issues.
1. Face it, the game looked generic.
2. How could it compete with Skyrim ?
OmegaSlayer  +   1036d ago
Bought it day one.
I did mine to save them.
Spydiggity  +   1036d ago
same here. i really liked the game...even if it did become incredibly easy by the end.

and of course the sales are up...they're actually advertising the game now. i've seen quite a few ads on various web pages.
Felinox  +   1036d ago
Agree completly. I even bought both DLC.
It did need to be more difficult though.
Spydiggity  +   1036d ago
about midway through the game i went from rogue to mage, and i could summon down a meteor that basically just one-shotted everything. or i could call down lightning that did the same thing.

it was great feeling ultra powerful at first, but then i realized they were never going to throw an enemy at me that was a challenge.

it really would have made for a good mmo.

one other complaint, the game had this tremendous art style that you never got to see because when you were running, the camera angled down on you.

the lore definitely held its own against elder scrolls. and the scavenging and inventory systems were much more streamlined
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jsslifelike  +   1036d ago
It's probably the state of Rhode Island that's doing all of the new advertising...
mokopa  +   1036d ago
Me too. Been enjoying and have not even finished it. Repeat after me, hack slash, level up, hack, slash, level up. Who is this diablo 3 dude, cant u see Iam busy here.
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aPerson  +   1036d ago
Publishers (EA in particular, since they published the game) would be foolish not to consider buying the IP off 38 Studios for a large sum of money (that could help them pay off debts).

This franchise STILL has "big huge" potential. Hopefully Reckoning won't be the last KoA game.
execution17  +   1036d ago
agreed, would of sold more if it had mp :/ main reason why quite a few people passed on it
Basjohn  +   1036d ago
No no no noooo.

Stop it.


We do not need EVEN MORE single-player experiences ruined with MP. Let singleplayer be singleplayer or we'll be stuck with codspawn till we all die of oldage.
execution17  +   1036d ago
was just saying it would of sold more if it did have mp, bought it day one and idc if it had mp or not ^_^ still love playing it
Dzpool  +   1036d ago
Should of had coop offline and online
DarthJay  +   1036d ago
I am really hoping for a last minute miracle.

@Basjohn - no multiplayer, but it would have been more fun with co-op. I understand why it is not there, but it still would have been fun to drop in and out of games with friends.
Rampaged Death  +   1036d ago
I'm picking mine up this week. I feel bad for not getting it day one.
torchic  +   1036d ago
don't feel bad. I love this game loads but as a student I can't afford shelling out €70 for a new game. so I don't blame anyone for not buying a game at original price.

game publishers need to realize that they will sell more games (especially new IPs) by selling the game cheaper. it's common sense, an easy to understand business model. games that sell in their millions might not make as much money, but lesser known titles (the majority) will benefit.
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snipes101  +   1036d ago
There isn't anything to feel bad about here. None of us knew that the studio made the decision to use taxpayer's dollars to fund their game. Not until now anyhow.

If anything, this shoudl send a message to game developers to be a little more open about what their budgets are. If they had maybe told us about this from the beginning, the gaming community might have been more willing to take a chance on it given what was at steak.
Baba1906  +   1036d ago
i loved the game. its really good.
Nerdmaster  +   1036d ago
It's like paitings and music CDs. Sometimes they only sell really well when the artist dies.
OmegaSlayer  +   1036d ago
kevnb  +   1036d ago
too bad I think its already too late... :(
vega275  +   1036d ago
well i hope the price comes down on steam, so i can buy it again.
Morpheuzpr  +   1036d ago
If it was Call of duty Reckoning it would have sold like crazy.

The videogame industry (hate the word "gaming" since it's part of the state of thins) is a joke now days. Games are made for noobs that don't put on the time and effort that it used to take to be good at it. And the media OMG, i think they are more responsible for the studios closure than "gamers" do, or should i say real video game enthusiasts.
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Gamer1982  +   1036d ago
"If it was Call of duty Reckoning it would have sold like crazy. "

Never a truer sentence said.
FinaLXiii  +   1036d ago
oh man that´s too bad KoA seems quite a good game to florish a sequell.
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jessupj  +   1036d ago
That's very sad to hear they're closing.

Apart from demon's souls/dark souls, Rechoning was the one of the first good RPGs with ACTUAL decent combat.

I've been waiting for a game like this my whole life and now I only have dark souls 2 to look forward to.
Laxman  +   1036d ago
Witcher 2 and Dragon's Dogma both have awesome combat, and Witcher 2 is made even better by an amazing storyline and characters. Definately worth checking out if you're an RPG fan.
jessupj  +   1036d ago
O yes, definitely looking forward to Dragon's Dogma, but I haven't played either games you mentioned yet so I didn't name them.

But even so, that's 3 games. I'm sure there's a few more, but I don't understand why there aren't a lot more action RPGs with really good combat systems? Just doesn't make sense. I can't be the only one pinning for this genre.
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CaptainPunch  +   1036d ago
I've been meaning to pick up the game.
modesign  +   1036d ago
EA underfunded 38 studios. what a shame,
Pandamobile  +   1036d ago
EA was only a co-publisher.
InTheLab  +   1036d ago
I blame this dude...


Thank god he not allowed to s*** on good games any more...

Anyway, at least the sales are some good news, although I'm not sure if that money will reach the fired employees. I'm sure Curt will pocket that like he did the money budgeted for the last 3rd of the game, which was terrible compared to the beginning and middle.

Amalur was a good start. Hopefully those fired devs will end up somewhere and someone will pick up Amalur and give us a sequel.
jjdoyle  +   1035d ago
2.5? nothing more to say
GamingPerson  +   1036d ago
This is nice but doesn't make 38 studio come back.. Too bad this didn't happen before the shutdown. It's like when a music artist dies then they get new fans.

I really wish I could of played their mmo.
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R_aVe_N  +   1036d ago
It just sad that this happened really it was one of the best RPG games released this gen. Its really sad that a good game like this sells badly while sh!t titles sell millions of copies. Really hope somebody comes in that is worth a crap and buys BigHugeGames because they did an awesome job on this game and deserve to stay open, or at least rehires all those guys/gals into a new studio.
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kamolahy  +   1036d ago
I totally thought that introducing Origin was going to assure better PC sales for EA games and improve digital distribution. Oh wait...
Frenza  +   1036d ago
It was also on steam...
yeahokchief  +   1036d ago
Failed to make a 1.125 million interest payment. Whoa. Then they did make the payment, but didn't pay their workers since May 1st.

Gotta feel bad for the 400 people who lost their jobs and health insurance if they moved to Rhode Island to take the job.

I'm going to guess that you won't be seeing states offering any more big loans or tax incentives to video game companies in the coming future.
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OmegaSaiyanX  +   1036d ago
What Fable should have been...
I bought the game and its everything Fable should have been and more, superb visuals, great overall game, tons and tons of side quests.

My biggest gripe with the game is that once you go to a shop at a certain level it becomes level locked forever.
Other thing is the loot is really really bad, the drops are terrible and even what the vendors are selling is very poor.

Also bought both DLC packs and I thought the weapons etc should be better right? Nope still outright awful.

However overall the game is superb still got mine beat it only once though definitely a must buy but wish they had sorted out the loot and stuff you could buy :-(
SYNTAXeRror  +   1036d ago
well thats good,i bought it...found it to be dry, bland...just like kashi cereal, that im eating. it did have some redeeming qualities around gameplay, but this is hard lesson for this developer, dont sink money into big names that dont do much..i mean really, Todd McFarlane ( the dev diary even said he wanted to do stuff, artists couldnt produce), RA Salvatore isnt the greatest writer either...
FarCryLover182  +   1036d ago
I don't know much about the specifics about the KoA ip, but does EA own it? If they do, maybe they could be nice and form a new RPG focused studio mainly comprised of 38 Studios staff and BHG staff as well? Unlikely, but would be nice.
HacSawJimThugin  +   1036d ago
I got this game at launch and fell in love. My wife never played a RPG before and craved this game. Even though ppl were drooling over Skyrim still, I felt this game was a breath of fresh air to a genre going sour. Out of all of the RPG that came out in the last couple of months this was my fave. The combat is so over the top and fulfilling, the loot satisfying, and the world is absolutely gorgeous. I really wish it would of sold better.

I can only hope that this IP is picked up by someone who feels the same as us who loved this game.
BlueEye  +   1036d ago
Bought mine about a week before they closed.
BizDaWolf  +   1036d ago
I hope EA see this hopefully they look out for 38 studio
CanadianTurtle  +   1036d ago
Honestly, why do publishers expect new IPs to sell like a CoD game. I think the game sold pretty well for what it was. Anyways, really fun game.
LoveSpuds  +   1036d ago
Picked mine up a few days ago for just £16 at Shopto and have to say I was blown away. I am only around 10 hours in but seem to of barely touched the map, this game looks huge!

Love the art style, great music and the gameplay is so much better than Skyrim. I cannot comment on the story really because I have only done 1 quest in the main story, I have spent 10 hours on side quests and am having a blast.

I am sorry I didnt pick it up sooner, but there are just so many games released that you cannot squeeze them all in.
No_Pantaloons  +   1036d ago
Really good game, I hope everyone supports it. I knew nothing about it going in and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. With bioware clearly leaving rpgs for casual appeal we need studios like this to pick up the torch or we may lose the genre all together.

Other groups should be looking to snatch up these people fast cause they proved they're very talented at this.
TopDudeMan  +   1036d ago
I feel partly responsible for this... I just had no time to play that game.
sonicsidewinder  +   1036d ago
What about their mmo then?
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