EA and 38 Studios announce Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
, revealing the game formerly known as Project Mercury
is "an epic, open-world role-playing game set in Amalur, a mysterious and magical new fantasy world created by New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore." The single-player RPG is in development at 38's Big Huge Games, and is expected for release in autumn 2011 for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Details are still sparse, but more will be revealed on Thursday at Comic-Con. For now they say the game "sets players on a heroic journey to unlock the mysteries of Amalur. Amalur is a magical world, filled with strange landscapes, exotic cities, colorful characters and terrifying creatures." There's also this quote from Ken Rolston of Big Huge Games: "In Reckoning, we started with Bob and Todd's exceptional Kingdoms of Amalur game setting and imagery," he says. "On that foundation we built the open-world exploration, vast narrative and character customization fans expect from the best RPGs. And we've added something new that we've always wanted from the genre -- a fast-paced, graphically stimulating action combat experience with fluid control and immersive, discoverable gameplay fans haven't seen before in other fantasy RPGs."