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38 Studios, the game developer behind Kingdoms of Amalur and the unfinished Project Copernicus MMO has filed for bankruptcy. The company is seeking to liquidate its assets in order to pay its debts in what's known as a Chapter 7 filing. 38 Studios claims $21.7M in assets, mostly personal property, and $150.7 million in liabilities to 1000 different creditors, including $110 million owed to the state of Rhode Island. How bad does it look? Pretty bad. (PDF) Even if we ignore the $110M owed to Rhode Island over the estimated payback period of the loan, 38 Studios owed $300K to MoveTrek, the company... Read more...
Our coverage of the content lockout in the just-released game Kingdoms of Amalur and whether or not studios deserve a cut of used games sales kicked off quite a debate last week. We heard from a number of you with strong views on the topic, both pro and con, including an irate GameStop manager who was willing to give us his perspective* on the used game market and GameStop's business model. He writes: The price comparisons on what we buy for / pay for are not dissimilar to what the Half-Price Books bookstore chain "makes in profit" on a given resold book. And I can guarantee you that if you walk... Read more...
Studios and publishers are fighting back hard against the used game market, with the upcoming title Kingdoms of Amular, the latest to declare it'll use a content lock. In this case, KoA ups the ante by locking out part of the game that's normally available in single-player mode. Game reviewers found the following inside their copies. The text reads: "Online pass gives you access to the House of Valor faction quest, featuring seven additional single-player quests" It then gives instructions on how to activate the additional content. Gamers exploded, with many angry that game content that had shipped... Read more...