The rights of Kingdoms of Amalur is scheduled to go to auction as early as this month. The state of Rhode Island inherited the rights of Kingdoms of Amalur IP and other intellectual property from failed 38 Studios.
38 Studios court appointed receiver Richard Land told WPRI that Kingdoms of Amalur: Project Copernicus will go on sale soon. Cryptic right? But for good reason according to Land, "The process is taking longer than we anticipated for a variety of reasons including the complexity of the game itself. We have engaged an auctioneer and they are developing an Internet marketplace – or website – to market the game."
Aside from the auction, Land claims to be working with other interested parties "directly". He did not hint at the amount he assumed the game would sale for. But the sale would defray some of the debt Rhode Island taxpayers inherited when 38 Studios was dissolved.
Joystiq's editor and expert, Alexander Sliwinski on the gaming industry warned Rhode Islanders to keep a clear perspective especially since Copernicus is still incomplete, stating:
"Given the video game industry's risk aversion to massively multiplayer online role playing games, which is what Copernicus was supposed to be, it's difficult to imagine a scenario where any U.S.-based publisher spends the $100 million to complete it," Sliwinski said.
In actuality most of the game's value walked out with the employees last year. Yes the concept is still there, and the technology is still current. But is the vision still in tact? At the very least the sale of 38 Studios intellectual property can help offset the bills taxpayers were left with.