An auction originally scheduled for this week to finally determine the fate of 38 Studios/Big Huge Games’ assets has been delayed a month, GameSpot reports.
When the game company went bankrupt in the middle of last year, the state of Rhode Island, where the studio was headquartered, took ownership of the assets. Richard J. Land, the attorney charged by the state to sell off the assets, conveyed that interest had been greater than expected from possible buyers and so the delay could help accommodate the attention the properties were getting.
The auction is to include remaining assets for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning plus sequel rights, IP rights to several Big Huge Games franchises, the unreleased MMO Project Copernicus, and proprietary technology like the Big Huge Games Engine.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was spearheaded by legendary comic book creator Todd McFarlane, acclaimed fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, and 38 Studios founder/Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher/fantasy game aficionado Curt Schilling. While generally well received by the media (including many of us here at EGM), Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’s mediocre sales and massive production costs led directly to 38 Studios shuttering its doors.
A specific date for the rescheduled auction has not been given at this time and no known video game entities have publicly declared their interest in the assets.