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THQ Nordic will need EA’s permission before bringing back Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

THQ Nordic will need EA’s permission before bringing back Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

THQ Nordic may need EA’s permission before publishing Kingdoms of Amalur games.

The publisher acquired the IP rights to defunct developer 38 Studios’ RPG last week, alongside an unreleased MMORPG known as Project Copernicus.

While the news suggests there may be remasters, re-releases or sequels planned down the line, it looks like THQ Nordic isn’t quite ready to start pumping out Amalur games.

Sealing the deal

The company is looking to speak to Electronic Arts - which published 2012’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - seemingly to work out a deal that would hand publishing rights over to THQ Nordic.

"EA still has the publishing rights to Reckoning," said THQ Nordic, in an email statement to Eurogamer."About any other details about the relationship between EA and 38 Studios we can't comment.

“At this stage, we 'only' acquired the intellectual property. Given our track record, we know what the burning questions (remaster, remake, port to current-gen systems etc.) are, but we decided do not answer those specifically as we tend to put our heads together first and then do our homework, and only start to talk about anything once we feel confident and very familiar with the franchise."

I’m sure THQ Nordic is in no rush to get an Amalur remaster out the door - the publisher has 51 games in the works as it, 20 of which are unannounced

Besides resurrecting relatively unknown RPGs, Nordic subsidiary Koch Media has snapped up the rights to bring back noughties-shooters Timesplitters and Second Sight.


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and Pocketgamer.biz, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 GamesIndustry.biz 100 Rising Star list.

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