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THQ acquisition means Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will likely be delisted

Here’s a little good news/bad news situation for fans of 38 Studios’ 2012 action/RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. THQ Nordic announced on September 6th that it had acquired the entire Kingdoms of Amalur IP, including the unrealized MMORPG, that went by the name of Copernicus. So the good news is that we’ll eventually get to explore new chapters in the Amalur story.

The bad news is that Reckoning, the only entry in the series so far, is probably going to be delisted within the next year or two. The game was originally published by Electronic Arts and with the entire IP now changing hands it’ll only be a matter of time before their license expires. But, as THQ Nordic has recently done with other properties like Saints Row, Darksiders, and Red Faction, a “remastered” re-release of Reckoning is almost assuredly on its way.

In as little as 6-8 months THQ will likely have announced, if not released, a “Re-Reckoning Edition” and the existing versions will be removed from sale. It’s not a huge loss as I fully expect the game to still be available in one form or another, but for anyone interested in the existing versions, you can still download it on Steam, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. And it’ll always be out there at retail no matter how THQ treats the IP going forward.

For the time being I’m going to add a tentative delisting date to the Watch List calendar for Reckoning around Summer 2019. I’ll update accordingly once THQ Nordic has released more concrete details.