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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is officially coming in August

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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.

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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

We awarded Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.