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First Settlement in 38 Studios Lawsuit

Kingdom’s of Amalur, the pet project of RPG fan (And Professional baseball player) Curt Schilling and Morrowind designer Ken Rolston, was a game that drew attention to it for all the wrong reasons. Bankruptcy, broken promises and an unpaid loan all contributed to the game being killed by politics rather than a poor metacritic rating. Though a lot of threats were thrown back and forth, no settlement was reached on the lawsuit stemming from Curt’s 38 Studios explosion.

That changes now with news that a $4.4 million settlement has been reached between the agency formerly known as the Economic Development Corp. and lawyer Antonio Afonso and his firm Moses Afonso Ryan. Coming from the allegations that Afonso’s firm misled the state of Rhode Island into approving a whopping $75 million loan to entice Curt’s studio to move there. Naturally, things didn’t work out as more money was needed and the game’s troubled development (and mediocre sales) led to a monumental and well-covered collapse.

For what it’s worth, Kingdoms of Amalur wasn’t too bad of a game. Perhaps too big for its own good and a tad bit repetitive, Amalur was nothing more than a larger version of Fable, and for those that could appreciate that, the game was enjoyable. Though fingers have been pointed at just about every person involved in the drama, it looks like the courts are finally ready to start doling out the dollars to the victimized parties.

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Carl Batchelor

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.




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