A new job posting from Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning developer Kaiko Games is leading some to believe the studio is working on a sequel to the 2012 action RPG title. The job posting, which appears on Kaiko Games' official website, is seeking help developing a "high profile THQ Nordic IP in the Action Adventure genre," (per My Nintendo News) which would fit the bill for the Kingdoms of Amalur brand, although the language used there is no longer appearing on the website at the time of this publication.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, the posting states it is for an original title, suggesting that it is not simply another remaster or rerelease, like the one that came to Nintendo Switch in 2021, and it's this piece of information that is fueling fan speculation that the unannounced title may be another Kingdoms of Amalur game coming.
Currently, the studio's hiring page has listings for seven positions — three in programming, three in art, and one in design — including a senior level designer and a lead artist. That increase in high-level positions could suggest that the studio is ramping up development for more high-profile projects, and it comes at an opportune time for Kaiko, as sweeping layoffs have just hit major studios like Bethesda and 343 Industries, which should cause an increase in the number of talented people in the prospective hiring pool.
The game is set in a fantasy world with a 10,000-year backstory, and it centers around the courts of the fae. Players start off as classless humans or elves, but they can grow their characters into a variety of fighter, rogue, or mage-like builds through skill progression.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the only game by original publisher/developer 38 Studios, which shut down and declared bankruptcy just months after releasing the game in 2012. The studio's founder, Curt Schilling, had reported that the game had sold 1.2 million copies within 90 days of release, but the game would have needed to sell 3 million for the company to break even, quashing Schilling's reported plans to develop a sequel.
THQ Nordic's acquisition of the intellectual property rights in 2018 and released the remastered Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on consoles and PC between 2020 and 2021, including producing DLC expansions for the game.
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