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Oh hell yes, Kingdoms of Amalur is getting remastered!

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Out of all the video games to be released in the 2010s, it’s a crying shame how Kingdoms of Amalur didn’t kickstart a new franchise. It had everything it needed to be successful: Top tier talent, it looked great in a time where every game had been slapped with a coat of brown and its gameplay systems were underrated within its era.

The game did land, it did make some waves and then it went down in infamy as a title that many people slept on, resulting in dismal sales. Oh and not to mention the whole brouhaha over Kingdom of Amalur’s publisher THQ being buggered into bankruptcy by 2013 and developer 38 Studios winding up on the wrong side of the Rhode Island government over a dine ‘n dash case with state funds.

Anyway, it looks like Kingdoms of Amalur is making a comeback! Having purchased the rights to the game in 2018, THQ Nordic looks set to release a remastered version of the game. Or a Re-Reckoning version, according to a marketing department that is probably high-fiving themselves right now for coming up with that term.

Leaked on the Xbox marketplace (Cheers, Talking Cat), here’s the flavour list of what you can expect from this second stab at greatness:

The hit RPG returns! From the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.

Uncover the secrets of Amalur, from the vibrant city of Rathir to the vast region of Dalentarth to the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns. Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.

Features

  • Build the ideal character for the most intense combat, choosing from a countless combinations of skills, abilities, weapons and pieces of armor.
  • The revolutionary Destiny system allows you to continuously evolve your character class to your style of play.
  • Seamlessly integrate magical and melee attacks as you take on scores of enemies in grand fight sequences and finish them off with brutal Fateshift kills.
  • Extend your experience in Amalur with all DLC from the original release, from Teeth of Naros to Legend of Dead Kel and more!
  • Hundreds of hours of RPG play await! Travel from the vibrant city of Rathir, to the vast region of Dalentarth, and the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns as you uncover the secrets of Amalur!
  • Explore deep levels of lore in a universe steeped in 10,000 years of fiction created by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore.
  • Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.
  • Explore a sprawling game world hailed as having “more content than any single-player game deserves!”
  • Enjoy countless side quests rich in political intrigue, romance, sinister magic, and even whimsy – all central to the primary mission.
  • Improved graphical fidelity in Re-Reckoning.

There’s no getting around the fact that Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will feel significantly dated in some gameplay areas, but it still has plenty of magic under the hood to justify a remaster and a second chance at glory. Throw in some quality of life improvements, pump up the visuals by a few notches and we’ll have a winner on our hands, ready to remind players of the fantastic adventure that they missed out on the first time that this gem of a game rocked up to the swords and sorcery party.

Last Updated: June 4, 2020

15 Comments

  1. Game was good.

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  2. Mark Treloar

    June 4, 2020 at 09:49

    According to rumour so is RDR

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    • Llama In The Rift

      June 4, 2020 at 10:00

      Wonder if its gonna be stand alone or if its like a DLC for RDR2 that adds on to the end of the game.

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      • Mark Treloar

        June 4, 2020 at 10:49

        What I saw says its a complete overhaul with additional content

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  3. Llama In The Rift

    June 4, 2020 at 10:04

    Loved this game, played it right after i got done with Dragon Age Origins and 2.

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  4. Iskape

    June 4, 2020 at 08:37

    I am actually genuinely excited for a remaster of this game. I played the original although I don’t think I ever got around to finishing it for some reason. I agree – it was never given the opportunity to shine due to all the business issues that followed it.

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    • The D

      June 4, 2020 at 08:54

      One of my favourite stories about KOA, was when I was at Gamescom in 2011, and I shared a train ride with Ken Rolston. Lovely dude, and he was so passionate about this game as we chatted about it. I love seeing the passion for a game behind the scenes and marketing blurbs, and he had so much of it for this project.

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      • Pariah

        June 4, 2020 at 11:09

        Passion is what’s missing in most AAA games these days. Cool story. (Not bro, this aint no meme)

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  5. Pariah

    June 4, 2020 at 08:48

    Oh I did love this game. I was thinking about replaying it a few months ago but have so much on my to-play list that I skipped doing that. Honestly, if this comes in at a good price I might just buy. Great game.

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  6. Pariah

    June 4, 2020 at 08:48

    PS, dual chakram mage FTW!!!

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  7. schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    June 4, 2020 at 13:25

    I loved the game!!! Such a good day today!

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  8. Lu

    June 4, 2020 at 09:24

    Really loved this game, though also never got to finishing it. Definitely summing to pick up!

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  9. Seeker

    June 4, 2020 at 15:16

    Schweet! I still have the physical copy on my backlog. Bought it back in the day but never got around to playing it. Will definitely add this remaster to my backlog as well.

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  10. BradeLunner

    June 5, 2020 at 10:30

    Dual wield Drizzt Do’urden build!

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  11. A 2 EL POLLO DIABLO?

    June 6, 2020 at 15:42

    Battle mage here! Hit them from far with a chakram, finish them off up close with a giant warhammer!

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