By Jason Fogerty (JFogerty)
Following what appeared to be an accidental early leak on Microsoft’s official store, THQ Nordic and developer Kaiko have officially confirmed that a remaster of Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning is in the works. Entitled “Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning,” the remaster has a release date of August 11th, later this year. It will be the first revival of the franchise since the RPG launched back in 2012.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Coming This August
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning originally launched in 2012 on the PS3. Although it got positive reviews and a good reception from RPG fans, it didn’t perform that well when it came to sales. It’s developer, 38 Studios, shut down due to financial problems some time after, dashing any hopes for a sequel. However, the rights to the franchise were bought in 2018 by THQ Nordic, prompting rumours at the time that the series might start up again. Now, it seems that it actually is.
“The hit RPG returns!” reads the remaster’s new product listing on Microsoft’s website; “From the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customisable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.”
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will be a full remaster of the 2012 title, but could also serve as a way to rebuild awareness of the series among gamers after its eight-year dormancy. If it sells well, it’s entirely possible that THQ Nordic could actually continue the franchise with a brand-new RPG instalment. For now, it’s only known that the remaster is coming to Xbox One. However, considering that the original was a PS3 title, it’s likely that the remaster will also be coming to PS4. For now, fans will have to wait for either Sony, THQ Nordic, or Kaiko to confirm as much.