Curt Schilling, most notoriously known for winning a handful of World Series, is now known for pushing video games out of his own studio. Talk about a complete 180 in career changes. His baby, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, is the first game developed by 38 Studios (that’s his jersey number, heyo!) Can Curt and his studio survive in an already heavily populated industry?
Perhaps I’m the only person who was left out of the loop, but when did Curt Schilling decide to make video games? Based on sources, Curt’s been a gaming dork for a long time. For instance, he’s an avid fan of Advanced Squad Leader — a tactical board game. Whoa. This changes everything.
If it’s your first time hearing about Kingdoms Of Amalur too, don’t be surprised. When was the last time you saw IGN or Gamespot plaster their entire website in an ad for it? It doesn’t make much sense considering the game’s backed by some big names: Todd McFarlane, Ken Rolston (lead designer for Morrowind and Oblivion) and R.A. Salvatore (NYT bestselling author). For a game that has had little to no ad campaigning, how has KOA been holding up in reviews? Let’s see…
Gamespot – 7.5 (Good)
IGN – 9 (Amazing)
Games Radar – 8 (Good)
Kudos to Curt and his studio for taking a huge risk and actually succeeding! Even though it seems to have been released under the radar, the scores coming in are decently positive. So, if you are a fanatic of fantasy games and don’t mind genericalness, you and Curt would get along nicely playing Kingdom Of Amalur together.
What’s next on 38 Studios agenda? Project Copernicus, an MMOG in the same universe as KOA, will be making an appearance sometime in the not too distant future.