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Report: Kingdoms of Amalur sold 330K in the U.S. last month
Report: Kingdoms of Amalur sold 330K in the U.S. last month
March 9, 2012 | By Eric Caoili




Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the recently shipped action RPG based on an original IP from 38 Studios, sold around 330,000 copies in the U.S. last month across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows.

The game is the first release from 38 Studios, the Rhode Island-based developer founded in 2006 by former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling. Big Huge Games began work on the title several years ago and was a THQ subsidiary, but 38 Studios acquired the developer in 2009 and absorbed the project.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which was co-published by Electronic Arts and 38 Studios, was the fourth best-selling game in the U.S. in February at retail -- behind Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII-2, and THQ's UFC Undisputed 3.

February was a weak month for game sales at U.S. retail, with software revenues dropping by 24 percent year-over-year to $485.7 million. It's worth noting that the 330,000 count, which was provided by the NPD Group to Joystiq, only includes retail sales and not copies purchased on digital platforms.

While sales figures for the game in Europe are still unknown, GfK Chart-Track has revealed that the action RPG was the tenth top-selling title at stores in the UK in February -- also a poor month for the country's retail games market.

38 Studios intends to release an MMORPG based on the Kingdoms of Amalur universe, which was built by notable fantasy author R.A. Salvatore. The online game is currently under development as "Project Copernicus." The company has not announced a release date or planned platforms.


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Jack Lee
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From what I understand, Reckoning was already in development at Big Huge (as a single player game) before they were acquired, but then it got retooled and turned into a "Kingdoms of Amalur" game to fit in to the MMO's lore. Copernicus has always been in production at 38 as a separate entity.

Of course, this is third hand information I've gleaned from news sites and podcasts, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

Harlan Sumgui
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bad news for Rhode Island taxpayers.


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