Wait, Kingdoms of Amalur? Wasn’t that the 2012 title that bankrupted an entire studio? Yes, Kingdoms of Amalur, the game that, despite favorable reviews, was such a commercial failure that it’s any wonder why it’s getting a “re-reckoning.” Fortunately, THQ Nordic, a video game publisher, bought the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning with plans to remaster the game.
No one ever believed Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning would get any attention. Many thought it was a one-and-done game that would disappear into the far reaches of our memories. Fortunately, THQ Nordic is giving those a chance who never experienced a reckoning to experience a re-reckoning.
Since it’s a remaster, it’s going to have 4k resolution support. That’s something THQ Nordic and the developers, Kaiko, have confirmed will happen for the PC, Xbox One X, and PS4 Pro. The improved graphics are a no-brainer for a remaster. It wouldn’t be a remaster without better-looking character models and enhanced textures.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will also include all of the DLCs. For a cleverly-titled remaster, only needing to allocate almost 30 GB of space doesn’t seem like a lot. However, most people didn’t even know the original game existed, let alone the existence of downloadable content. THQ Nordic is taking a significant risk for bringing this obscure action role-playing game back from the dead, but the demand from the very vocal minority coupled with good reviews fo the original game is worth the risky investment. The DLC, Teeth of Naros and The Legend of Dead Kel, brings everything from new weapons and armor to new races and enemies. The DLC adds around 20 hours of gameplay to the already staggering 100 hours of gameplay.
Suppose that isn’t enough to convince anyone on the fence about Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. In that case, there will also be a new expansion that wasn’t part of the original release called Fatesworn. There aren’t many details on the expansion yet, but it’s not going to be a part of the initial remaster release.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is banking on the popularity it has in 2012 with a handgun of fans. The developers and publishers genuinely believe they’re going to be the next big thing since Elder Scrolls VI won’t be around until this generation is in its 50’s. They’re releasing with a Standard, Fate, and Collector’s edition. The Collector’s edition, available for PC, Xbox, and PS4, will have the original soundtrack, a collectible statue, and some artwork. Of course, it’s going to cost you somewhere in the three digits for the Collector’s edition. However, that’s not going to break the bank for the real collectors.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will release on September 8th, 2020.