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    • Kingdoms Of Amalur:Reckoning dev lays off entire staff - Report

      6 years ago


       ""Troubles at 38 Studios first came to light earlier this month, when reports from the Rhode Island government indicated that the company had failed to make a $1.125 million loan payment to the state's Economic Development Corporation. The studio eventually made the payment, but it also enacted a round of unspecified layoffs. The company's CEO, Jen MacLean, left the studio in March, with senior vice president of product development John Blakely heading out just this month.

      The fate of 38 Studios' massively multiplayer online role-playing game Project Copernicus is unknown. Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee recently revealed the title was being readied to ship in June 2013. If 38 Studios decides to sell its Amalur intellectual property, it can expect to get $20 million for it, according to one industry analyst.

      38 Studios purchased Big Huge Games from THQ in 2009. It is unclear what will happen to the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel that Schilling confirmed was in the works earlier this year. The original sold 1.2 million copies during its first 90 days, outperforming publisher Electronic Arts' estimates, according to Schilling.

      [UPDATE]: In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Chaffee explained that the state had not been informed of the pending layoff of 38 Studios' entire staff. In explaining how the studio hit the skids seemingly overnight, Chaffee explained, "The game failed. The game failed." He added that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning would have needed to sell 3 million copies just to break even.

      Additionally, Rhode Island's WPRI has a copy of the mass layoff email that was sent to 38 Studios employees. It reads:

      The Company is experiencing an economic downturn. To avoid further losses and possibility of retrenchment, the Company has decided that a companywide lay off is absolutely necessary.

      These layoffs are non-voluntary and non-disciplinary.

      This is your official notice of lay off, effective today, Thursday, May 24th, 2012." - Gamespot.com

    • Kingdom Hearts 3D gets New trailers plus updated website

      6 years ago


      There has been a lot of buzz about the new Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance which is set to come out on the 3DS world wide this year. Square Enix has updated the Japanese website of the game with a release date of March 29, 2012 for Japan. Here is the new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D.



      Check out the updated website: www.square-enix.co.jp/kingdom/3d/

    • Open world + Burnout + 3D = Crash Time 3D

      6 years ago


      Editor's Note: The Crash Time series has never really reviewed well.  I tend to stay away from stinkers and according to meta-critic the original is a 44, with no one touching the sequels. This would be the fourth installment in the series though and with it coming to a new platform, maybe it has a chance to turn it all around. I guess we will all know for sure come April 6th, 2012...

      "This new installment of Crash Time continues to build on the existing franchise with a more expansive and vividly realistic graphics engine and also introduces the series first ongoing storyline. Crash Time 3D immerses your into a completely open world environment - experiencing the fully interactive and destructible surroundings."

      There is an ongoing storyline throughout the game and five different modes:

      • Campaign
      • Single Mission
      • Time Attack
      • Crash Haste – Stop the criminals.
      • Rush Hour – Race through the traffic.

       So the 3DS is getting a freeroam burnout game? Sounds good to me lets hope the quality is there too.


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