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Would It Change Your Mind to Know Curt Schilling’s Beautiful "Copernicus" MMO was Supposed to be Free-to-Play? [38 Studios]

Though the studio’s founder himself said the game wasn’t even fun —no one internally was playing it— “Project Copernicus” was one of the most lamented casualties of 38 Studios’ collapse, primarily because its screenshots looked so damn good . Not at all like a free-to-play game

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38 Studios’ Amalur MMO ‘Project Copernicus’ would have been free-to-play

Details continue to surface regarding “Project Copernicus,” the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO that once dominated development at Curt Schilling’s now-defunct 38 Studios .

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Kingdoms of Amalur MMO ‘wasn’t fun,’ Take-Two was mystery Reckoning 2 publisher

Despite being “in love” with the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO before its developer filed for bankruptcy, 38 Studios head Curt Schilling worried “the game wasn’t fun.” Schilling opens up on a variety of subjects in a recent Boston Magazine feature story , saying, “It was my biggest gripe for probably the past eight to 12 months.” Even 38′s own employees weren’t playing it in their free time, apparently.

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Trailer leaked for 38 Studios’ Amalur MMO

An anonymous source has released a work-in-progress version of a trailer for Project Copernicus , the Amalur MMO that 38 Studios worked on right up until declared bankruptcy.

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’38 Spouse’ explains decision to speak now, never heard of ‘EA Spouse’

Late Tuesday night an email blast went to several media outlets from ’38 Spouse,’ offering up an inside look into the collapsed 38 Studios “through the eyes of a spouse of one of the employees.” The allusions to the EA Spouse ( Erin Hoffman ) incident of 2004, a watershed moment in the industry regarding working conditions , gave us pause in printing the full letter.

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38 Studios declares bankruptcy, formal investigation begins regarding finances

Curt Schilling’s embattled 38 Studios has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation), as Rhode Island and federal authorities open an investigation into how the company handled its finances. WPRI reports the state police, attorney general’s office, U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI will investigate 38 Studios, “both the money that came from the state as well as the money that came from Bank Rhode Island.” The Providence Journal confirmed the bankruptcy this afternoon.

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Curt Schilling posts Project Copernicus screens

The 38 Studios saga continues as Curt Schilling, head of the beleaguered company, has posted screenshots of its long-in-development MMO, Project Copernicus. These are “images from the most magical, breathtaking and awe inspiring world ever created,” says Schilling, images he was “‘allowed’ to peek at along the way, when the team wanted us all to see the magical world we were building.” Schilling also wrote regarding his recent statement that Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s comments damaged 38 Studios and “scared off” potential investors

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Schilling says he could lose $50 million of his own money in 38 Studios implosion

Embattled 38 Studios co-founder and head Curt Schilling finally broke his weeks of silence on the Rhode Island studio’s recent implosion in an interview with The Providence Journal .

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Editorial: 38 Studios and the Dunkin delusions

The Providence Journal sat neatly presented on the counter at the Dunkin Donuts across the street from 38 Studios in Rhode Island, its headline clear as day: “Loan-guarantee fallout costs EDC chief his job.” Further down the right column of the page was the other harbinger headline: “Too little cash to cover the check.” This was last Friday, May 18, the day after the head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the quasi-government group responsible for co-signing the $75 million loan to 38 Studios, was fired. It was also the day after the state couldn’t deposit a $1.12 million check the studio delivered as a payment because the company’s chief financial officer called to say there were insufficient funds.

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Analyst estimates Amalur IP worth $20 million, 38 Studios employees head to job fair

The value of 38 Studios’ Amalur intellectual property is estimated to be in the range of $20 million. We asked Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter for his valuation following confirmation of layoffs at the studio and coverage of 38 Studios employees flocking to Turbine’s recruitment drive in Providence last night

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