EA Announces Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning…

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Electronic Arts and 38 studios are gearing up for a brand new epic. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, last known as codename “Project Mercury” is a new open world RPG that has some big names attached to it. The game is being developed under Ken Rolston, lead designer of the critically acclaimed RPGs Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Rolston is joined by Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn and one of the most famous artists of our time who will bring his art style to bring this game to life. Just with this news alone, RPG fans should get this on their radar immediately as this project looks to be a huge release in the future.

“Reckoning is a great representation of how a team of incredibly talented and creative people with expertise in different areas can come together and complement each other so well,” said Jen MacLean, CEO of 38 Studios. “We are thrilled to be developing an open-world RPG under the leadership of one of the greatest RPG designers in the industry, with creative direction by one of the most iconic artists of our time, set in a rich universe imagined by one of the top fantasy genre authors in the world. We can’t wait to share the first details of this universe we have been so dedicated to building over the past few years.”

“In Reckoning, we started with Bob and Todd’s exceptional Kingdoms of Amalur game setting and imagery,” said Ken Rolston, Lead Designer at Big Huge Games, a subsidiary of 38 Studios. “On that foundation we built the open-world exploration, vast narrative and character customization fans expect from the best RPGs. And we’ve added something new that we’ve always wanted from the genre — a fast-paced, graphically stimulating action combat experience with fluid control and immersive, discoverable gameplay fans haven’t seen before in other fantasy RPGs.”

This Thursday at International Comic-Con in San Diego, 38 Studios visionaries McFarlane, Rolston, and Salvatore, along with 38 Studios Founder and Chairman Curt Schilling, will be hosting a panel in the first-ever public discussion of Reckoning. Attendees will be among the first to see the world debut of Reckoning’s first trailer, directed by McFarlane and will also receive a limited edition collectible poster designed by McFarlane. The panel takes place in room 6A from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM and will be moderated by Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley.

This single-player RPG will set players on a journey to discover the secrets of Amalur.Amalur is a magical world, filled with strange landscapes, exotic cities, colorful characters and terrifying creatures.

Now if you want to learn more, get ready to camp at your computer if you’re not planning on attending comic-con. On July 22nd, players can get a first look at the official website (www.reckoningthegame.com) with the first ever cinematic of the game. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is set to release in fall 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Yes, that is a long wait, but with all of this new buzz, it’s looking like it will be well worth the wait.

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