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'Project Copernicus' video revealed in midst of financial turmoil

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Studio officials confirm the video is real, but decline to comment on 2013 release date

Copernicus
Copernicus

38 Studios' long-in-development massively multiplayer online game got two outings today in the midst of legal wranglings between the state of Rhode Island and the company behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

38 Studios' long-in-development massively multiplayer online game got two outings today in the midst of legal wranglings between the state of Rhode Island and the company behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Codenamed "Project Copernicus," little was known about the massive online game other than that it would take place within the fictional realm of Amalur.

But that changed this afternoon when Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee told a press gathering that the game is expected to be released in June 2013. Later in the afternoon a video for the game hit YouTube.

A 38 Studios spokesman confirmed to Polygon that the video world fly-through was released by the studio.


The video release is the latest in a string of events this week that saw 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling meeting with the state of Rhode Island, which had backed a loan for the studio, after his company missed a payment to the state's development corporation. The events came to a head this afternoon with the governor of Rhode Island holding a press conference to say that the studio had made good on the annual payment due the state.

During a question and answer session the governor mentioned in passing that he had been told that Copernicus was expected to be release in June of next year.

38 Studios officials declined to comment on the governor's statement.