Rise of Nations Sold at 38 Studios Auction, No Takers on Amalur MMO
Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling’s dream MMORPG, codenamed Project Copernicus, took one step closer to permanent vaporware status today.
The results of the December 11 liquidation auction of 38 Studios‘ assets are in, and the law firm managing the sale, Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, announced that no “acceptable offers” for Project Copernicus or Helios, the integrated social media and gaming platform tied to the MMO, were submitted. Consider this another nail in Copernicus’ coffin, but the law firm did note that it “intends to continue to engage in negotiations with interested parties to sell the remaining assets,” so this may not be the final nail.
The auction did yield some positive results, with Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends and their associated intellectual property sold to an undisclosed bidder. That’s fantastic news for real-time strategy fans hoping the award-winning franchise might once again see the light of day. The trademark for Big Huge Games (the studio behind Rise of Legends and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) also sold to an undisclosed bidder, though, with the studio now long shuttered its unclear what the purchasing of the trademark means, if anything, for the average gamer.
How much, you ask? Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends were in one “lot” while the Big Huge Games trademark was in another. Together, both sold for $320,000. That’s a drop in the bucket considering the $75 million the state of Rhode Island floated 38 Studios back in 2010.
Again, it’s unclear who is now the proud owner of Rise of Nations as the law firm did not disclose the names of any of the 20 “interested parties” who examined the assets or the remaining five out of those 20 that actually took part in the auction. Fingers crossed it’s someone with RTS experience who is actually interested in making a new Rise of Nations (Creative Assembly, Relic, Blizzard). We expect we’ll be hearing an announcement from the buyers soon.