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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning remaster leaks online, studio says ‘oopsy daisy’

Leak includes a launch date of Aug. 18

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key art for Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning shows a player character leaping into battle on a dimly lit rock outcropping. Image: Kaiko/THQ Nordic
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A remastered version of the first — and only — role-playing game by 38 Studios, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, is coming to consoles and PC this summer. A listing for the remaster, dubbed Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning, appeared Wednesday on the Microsoft Store. The leak was later confirmed on Twitter in a post that added that all of the game’s downloadable content was being remastered as well.

The product page says the remaster will offer improved visuals and “refined gameplay.” It initially offered a release date of Aug. 11, but it has now been adjusted to Aug. 18. We’ve included multiple screenshots from the page below. Frankfurt, Germany-based Kaiko is listed as the developer of the remaster; the studio previously worked with THQ Nordic on Darksiders Warmastered Edition and Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition.

Reached for comment, published THQ Nordic confirmed to Polygon that the remaster is real, and said it was inadvertently listed ahead of an official announcement.

“Yes, it’s true and accurate,” said Florian Emmerich, head of public relations for THQ Nordic. “The news was not supposed to go out yet, which can be summarised as ‘oopsy daisy’ on our end. We hope people are still looking forward to playing Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning in Summer.”

Emmerich added that fans can look forward to more information in a few weeks. A PlayStation 4 version is up for pre-order on Amazon alongside a Windows PC version. There’s also a listing for an elaborate collector’s edition, which comes with an 8.2-inch statue of the character Alyn Shir. All of the listings give the same Aug. 18 release date, with prices set at $39.99 for the standard game and $109.99 for the special edition.

Released in 2012, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a more than adequate RPG that counts author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston among its creative team. However, the game’s momentum at launch was snuffed out by controversies surrounding its developer.

38 Studios was founded by Curt Schilling, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and other MLB teams, in 2006. It originally set up shop in Massachusetts, but the company was ultimately lured to Rhode Island by a hefty financial incentive from that state. Shortly after Amalur launched, the developer filed for bankruptcy, leading to an investigation that went on for years.

The Amalur intellectual property was purchased at auction by THQ Nordic in 2018.

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