We hate to see it happen – Big Huge Games and 38 Studios, the teams behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, have officially shut down as of yesterday. The games they had poured all of their time, effort, and resources into are now in great danger of disappearing forever. That includes an eye-popping fantasy MMO, codenamed Project Copernicus and set in the Amalur universe, which looks to have been well on its way to completion.
But the story doesn’t have to end this way – some games, and the companies that make them, have been saved from the brink before. EA revived Double Fine’s Brütal Legend after Activision kicked it to the curb, Perfect World absorbed Cryptic Studios, and Crytek revived Free Radical of TimeSplitters fame. Bigger corporations can afford to snatch up talented workers, popular IPs, and already-in-progress games; let’s hope the following companies are willing to take a chance on bringing the 38 Studios developers on board. The following screens are all from Copernicus, but you'd be surprised at how fitting they look to some publisher's most notable titles.