Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player action RPG developed by 38 Studios and Big Huge Games, and published by 38 Studios and Electronic Arts.

The game takes place in the fantasy kingdom of Amalur, where players can choose from four playable races and define their own class through the destiny system.  Players begin the game having arisen from the dead, and are free to choose and customise their character as they wish, while exploring a vast game world.

The game universe is also planned to be the setting of an upcoming MMO by 38 Studios, codenamed Project Copernicus.

A demo of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was made available on the 17th January, on Steam, Origin, Xbox Live and PSN, although critics complained of a number of bugs in the demo.

38 Studios and EA have also come under fire for the revelation that the game has an online pass.

Kingdoms of Amalur’s online pass is to be included with all new copies of the game, and unlocks a “House of Valor” content pack containing seven additional quests.  This is unusual, as it effectively locks out single-player content for anyone not buying new: the usual stated reason for using an online pass is to recuperate server costs and ongoing maintenance for online content.

Gamers annoyed by the inclusion of the online pass posted on the game’s forum to ask if the studio fought the restriction or not; studio head Curt Shilling also posted in the thread in defense of the online pass.  The debate is ongoing, with the thread now up to 137 pages.

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