Wow, the Kingdoms of Amalur news just gets worse and worse, doesn’t it? I reckon (see what I did there?), by now, that you’ve heard of the troubles 38 Studios has been in with the state of Rhode Island, what with Rhode Island not getting back their 75 million dollar loan and all. Blame between Curt Schilling and Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee has been tossed around more than a pair of chakrams with 50% elemental damage. And I feel terrible for Big Huge Games, because what was their reward for making the quite awesome Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning? They all got laid off, that’s what. Congratulations! You just sunk years into making a massive fantasy action-RPG with the most entertaining combat since Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum! Here’s your pink slip! Hope you enjoyed Rhode Island! And before you go, please help yourself to an autographed Curt Schilling baseball.
But it turns out the real losers in this tragedy are we, the lowly gamers. Because guess what? Turns out Big Huge Games was working on a sequel to Reckoning. And no, I’m not talking about Project Copernicus, the MMO that Schilling woefully underfunded. This was an honest-to-goodness Reckoning 2 we’re talking about here. IGN blogger Andrew Goldfarb has some words about it here. Now that precious intellectual property belongs to the state of Rhode Island. I’ve got nothing against Rhode Island, but I’m not holding my breath for a Reckoning 2 at this point. Oh, and I do have beef with Governor Chaffee for calling Reckoning a “failure.” Sure, it didn’t sell enough copies to break even, but that’s what you get when you hit the market at the same time as Skyrim. I blame Management.
No, not that management. He actually seemed to know what he was doing. I mean management at 38 Studios. Not that I’m an expert at running a game company or anything, but it seems like Schilling and Co. had no idea how to fund and market a big-budget game. Check out this article over at Kotaku, from a guy who knows a lot more about it than me.
And if that wasn’t enough of a downer, I find out today that Ween is breaking up! Ween, for those of you who don’t know (or care), is a rock ‘n’ roll band that got big in the 90’s, and stayed pretty big throughout the 00’s. Big enough, anyway… they never got tons of radio play, but they cultivated a large and loyal fanbase. They’re one of my favorite bands, because they make unapologetically weird music and they put on one hell of a live show. I went to quite a few of them. Now, after 25 years, they are calling it quits. You can read more about it over at Stereogum, if you’re into reading sad things that make you sad. I shouldn’t mourn; they had a good run, and they never compromised on the quality of their music. But I’m honestly a little depressed that I’ll never have another chance to go to a Ween show. Maybe this will cheer me up…
Yeah, that’s better. Stealing the Liberty Bell?! Those crazy kids! God DAMN, I’ll miss you, Ween.
Why am I being such a Debbie Downer today? Hey, here’s some better news… Skyrim has horse combat! Woooo! If you have the PC version, that is. Console players will have to wait a bit longer. It’s a little clunky, but killing a bandit atop your loyal steed with a bow and arrow is as satisfying as I’d hoped it’d be. I even installed a mod that lets your horse have unlimited sprinting, so I could tool around Skyrim shooting stuff. Mostly bears, as it turns out. Skyrim sure has a lot of bears. Say… that reminds me… Dovahbear!
That made me feel even more better! Just watching him ride that horse cracks me up. What a rascal!
That’s it. I’ll leave on high note, just like Costanza. Prometheus arrives in less than two weeks, people. Be ready.