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38 Studios closure “devastating” for Curt Schilling

Founder Curt Schilling rates the closure of Kingdoms of Reckoning developer 38 Studios as one of the worst experiences of his life.

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Bigpappy1022d ago

That's why you still need publishers. The risk is very high for big budget games.

I respect Curt's effort to follow his passion for gaming. Too bad he doesn't have enough to give it another try.

showtimefolks1021d ago (Edited 1021d ago )

no doubt, but playing kingdom of amular reminded me a lot of MMO's because it was basically a MMO

there were so many, and i do mean so many useless quests to actually get some good ones. It could have been so much better and IMO would have sold much better too

many reviewers complained about it too, its a good game but not a great game

but what happened to curt is bad just because he took a huge risk and lost almost all of his money. So much respect for actually following through to his passion

rdgneoz3

oh i didn't know that, i heard about a MMO that the studio was working on for a long time. To be honest KOA is just like a MMO anyway

rdgneoz31021d ago

KoA wasn't what broke the camels back. It was all the money he spent on making his MMO that never came to be.

zeal0us1021d ago

Publishers wasn't the problem with this situation. The problem the state idiotically gave this company a gigantic loan(50million USD) which the company couldn't pay back.

Bigpappy1021d ago (Edited 1021d ago )

Publishers usually invest in these big games if they think they can make money from the ideas. Dynasty is being funded by Activision. Bungie could not do it without that kind of financial backing.

Curt was trying to do a huge indie game and got hurt big time.

zeal0us1021d ago (Edited 1021d ago )

Curt was trying to fund a game and MMO at the same time and not some huge indie game. You can't honestly believe that 50million was for one single game. EA was the publisher for KoA:R but they didn't throw their hand in the ring with them for the MMO. Maybe because EA was already funding a MMO(SWTOR) to not care or care enough.

Destiny is being funded Activision mainly because its like a AAA MMO. We all know MMOs are one the most expensive times of games you can create. Given Bungie's history Activision believe their project is good investment.

Bungie has the history to backed them up but 38 Studios does not. The state honestly(not say it's fully their fault) should've look into the history of the company before handing out such a huge loan.

reef10171022d ago (Edited 1022d ago )

Kingdoms of Amalur is a great game and its a shame that there wont be another.

thelaughingwiseman1021d ago

It arrived the same time Skyrim did...

zeal0us1021d ago

There was almost at least three months between Skyrim launch date and KoA launch date.

MiasmaDodo1021d ago

they should have never tried to fund an Open World single player and an MMO at the same time.

that was suicide.

zeal0us1021d ago (Edited 1021d ago )

Agree, 38 Studios should've asked the state for just enough money to cover KoA:R and thats it. I would've waited to see KoA:R would be profitable first. If KoA was profitable then I would've move forward with the MMO. Seeing as MMOs takes $$$ I would've pitch it a publisher or the state. No good then off to Kickstarter baby :D kidding

The state is also carries part of the blame. You don't give 50m to a studio who doesn't have a history of making big names games which sells extremely well. That would be a risky investment imho.

spektical1021d ago

probably what caused his heart attack earlier this week....

guitarded771021d ago (Edited 1021d ago )

It was devastating for the people that relocated their entire families, then didn't get paid in the end when the studio was shut down. Curt still has money... I feel nothing for him. I feel for the talent that got screwed because of his stupidity and mismanagement.

SlapHappyJesus1021d ago

If nothing else, a large majority got picked up by other companies shortly after the whole mess happened. At least that is what I've come to believe.

Agreed though. There was a lot of mismanagement to blame for this. Doesn't just fall on Schilling though.

guitarded771021d ago

Not entirely on him, but a good portion of it. After reading the open letter from one of the wives of an employee, it was pretty clear that they were repeatedly told that they would be paid soon, while some were not able to pay rent... or even for food. Some defaulted on loans. They were lied to, and that was by Schilling.

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