Update: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is official, with the original game's Twitter account returning to life to make the announcement after years of silence.
The rumours are true! Prepare for a Re-Reckoning, because Kingdoms of Amalur is coming back.Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay, it's soon time to experience an epic RPG journey and all its DLCs like never before.#KingdomsOfAmalur #ReReckoning pic.twitter.com/MlpSCTrjPeJune 4, 2020
All of the details already leaked via the retailer listings described below, so this is a bit of an anti-climax. But hey, it's cool that we'll be able to play a remastered version of Amalur this August - and who knows, maybe one day we'll even see more of what Project Copernicus could have been.
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THQ Nordic is releasing a remastered version of the 2012 fantasy RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on August 18.
The oh-so cleverly-named Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is reintroducing the original title with presumably clearer, crisper visuals and improved gameplay. The remaster also includes all DLC previously released for the game.
"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," reads the description from Microsoft.
We awarded Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning with a commendable 4/5 stars in our review from way-back-when. The reviewer heaped praise on the combat and world, which were described as being better than Skyrim and Fable, respectively, but noted the dated visuals and MMO-like grinding.
Oddly enough, the remaster wasn't exactly announced, so much as it randomly appeared on the Microsoft store. For that reason, it's unclear if it's a Microsoft exclusive or it's releasing on PS4 and/or possibly Switch. The original is available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, so I don't see any reason it wouldn't at least release on PS4.
Kaiko is in charge of the remaster, and you can look to the developer's prior work on the Darksiders remasters as well as Legend of Kay: Anniversary Edition.
Cheers, PC Gamer.
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