Mega-publisher EA tends to publish interesting, unsafe bets in February. In 2009, they released Dante's Inferno; in 2010, Bulletstorm. Today the company said Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a promising single-player action RPG of unusual pedigree, will hit Feb 7, 2012.
"Combat!" That's the thing that differentiates 38 Studios and Big Huge Games' Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning from your typical role-playing game fare, says the game's lead designer. It's the primal stuff extracted from games like God of War, Tekken and Call of Duty and injected into this high fantasy world.
Everything about Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning seems designed to lose my interest. There's the title, the high fantasy setting, the silly race names. The entire game seems like a pastiche of all of the action role-playing titles that came before it.
Previously known simply as Project Mercury, Curt Schilling's 38 Studios and EA finally give the Todd McFarlane, R.A. Salvatore, and Ken Rolston powered role-playing game a name, promising open world exploration and fast-paced action combat in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.