‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’ gets remastered with better graphics and gameplay

Cult classic RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will have a remaster this coming August. Titled Re-Reckoning, the game will have better graphics and improved gameplay.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was a cult hit during its time, getting as much as 1.2 million copies sold in its first 90 days. Even then, the game was a commercial failure as it needed 3 million copies to break even.

The game received praise from critics and fans alike. The upcoming remaster can give players the much-needed fix they wanted for the last eight years.

Kingdoms of Amalur went through problematic dev cycle

Kingdoms of Amalur was a great RPG that many players enjoyed. Amalur’s gameplay was flexible, with beautiful environments and a deep story. The game also had a star-studded cast, with Todd McFarlane helping on art and R.A. Salvatore for the game’s writing.

Freshly minted 38 Games was the one developing the game in the early 2010’s. This game was their first title, and the dev cycle for the game was a troubled one.

Funding for the game became scarce, the reason why the game needed funding from unlikely sources like Rhode Island’s Economic Development Corporation. Even then, this didn’t detract people from enjoying the game.

38 Games went bankrupt months after the game’s release, which doomed it from any type of sequel. Now, THQ Nordic acquired the license for the game, which is pushing for a remaster.

A Microsoft Store listing for the game confirms Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will come out on August 11. The product description promises “stunning visuals and refined gameplay”.

“The hit RPG returns! From the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning,” said the description. “Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.”

Kaiko Games will handle Amalur’s remaster

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’s remaster will include the original game and at least one DLC. The remaster will go through Kaiko, famous for their remastering capabilities.

Some of the games remastered by Kaiko include Darksiders Warmastered, Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition, and Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition.

Electronic Arts was the publisher for Kingdoms of Amalur and tried to auction off the IP in 2013. The title was among the ones who did not receive an offer until THQ Nordic announced its acquisition in 2018.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning remaster will be available at least for PC and likely Xbox and PS4.

Images courtesy of Electronic Arts/Youtube Screenshots

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