Posted on May 24, 2012 AT 03:32pm
Forbes.com posts that 38 Studios, the brainchild of Curt Schilling and producers of the million-selling Kingdoms of Amalur, has laid off their entire staff amidst a week of departures and changes. Furthermore, 38 Studios’ subsidiary company Big Huge Games is also slated to close down. Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stated that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was considered a failure due to its inability to shift over 3 million copies, which would have then helped the company to break even.
“The game failed,” he said. “The game failed. That was integral to the success of the company.”
This comes on the heels of reports that people at 38 Studios have not received a paycheck for the entire month of May. During the month of May, 38 Studios requested money from the Rhode Island government in order to pay its employees. Unfortunately, high development costs mixed with a slow economy have caused the closure of many studios in recent history. We hope that everyone involved in 38 Studios and Big Huge Games land on their feet and can find work elsewhere in this unfortunate circumstance.
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