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RPG by McFarlane, Salvatore Confirmed for 2011

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An open-world RPG by R.A. Salvatore, Todd McFarlane and Ken Rolston is heading to the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

EA and 38 Studios announced today that the upcoming open-world RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will arrive on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Fall 2011.

According to EA, the virtual world was created by New York Times best-selling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore and brought to life in a visual sense by renowned artist Todd McFarlane (Spawn, Web of Spider-Man). To round out the development package, Ken Rolston of Big Huge Games, lead designer of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls III and IV, is heading the project.

While KoA:R sounds like it would be an awesome MMORPG, aparently gamers will only receive the single-player campaign treatment.

"In Reckoning, we started with Bob and Todd's exceptional Kingdoms of Amalur game setting and imagery," said Ken Rolston, Lead Designer at Big Huge Games, a subsidiary of 38 Studios. "On that foundation we built the open-world exploration, vast narrative and character customization fans expect from the best RPGs. And we've added something new that we've always wanted from the genre -- a fast-paced, graphically stimulating action combat experience with fluid control and immersive, discoverable gameplay fans haven't seen before in other fantasy RPGs."

EA and 38 Studios didn't offer any additional details on the upcoming RPG, saying only that Amalur is "a magical world, filled with strange landscapes, exotic cities, colorful characters and terrifying creatures," and that players will set out on a heroic journey to unlock the world's mysteries. More is expected to be revealed Thursday at Comic-Con along with a cinematic video launching on the website around the same time.

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    nomade85 , July 21, 2010 10:26 PM
    HOLY SH17! My Favorite author is going to make a game.
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    anamaniac , July 21, 2010 10:32 PM
    Salvatore and McFarlane, mixed with the awesome of a lead dev from Elder Scrolls?
    Preorders?
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    Assmar , July 21, 2010 10:13 PM
    Let's hope they can think up a better name, but aside from that I'm a little intrigued. Then again, i haven't been that interested in McFarlane work since his Where the Wild Things Are toys a few years back.
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    zorky9 , July 21, 2010 10:21 PM
    hype
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2010 10:22 PM
    "While KoA:R sounds like it would be yet another crappy MMORPG, luckily gamers will be treated to a focused and carefully crafted single-player campaign."

    FTFY.
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    Simple11 , July 21, 2010 10:23 PM
    Mmm I miss Todd McFarlane.
  • 13 Hide
    nomade85 , July 21, 2010 10:26 PM
    HOLY SH17! My Favorite author is going to make a game.
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    anamaniac , July 21, 2010 10:32 PM
    Salvatore and McFarlane, mixed with the awesome of a lead dev from Elder Scrolls?
    Preorders?
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    tharkis842 , July 21, 2010 10:50 PM
    Wow, this group should make an interesting story and game world. Very interested in seeing how this turns out.
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    False_Dmitry_II , July 21, 2010 10:51 PM
    GFL"While KoA:R sounds like it would be yet another crappy MMORPG, luckily gamers will be treated to a focused and carefully crafted single-player campaign."FTFY.


    Thank god I'm not the only one who thought that.
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    exodite , July 21, 2010 11:05 PM
    I'll certainly keep an eye out for this game but frankly comments such as
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    ...a fast-paced, graphically stimulating action combat experience...
    always makes me wary.

    I'm personally old-school in that I prefer my RPGs turn-based and tactical.
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    mlcloud , July 21, 2010 11:13 PM
    Did anyone else notice "roll playing" in the URL? I hope we all know the differences between roll and role ^^... unless we're talking about, you know, classic DnD style dice "rolls" here.
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    kalogagatya , July 21, 2010 11:14 PM
    Actually when i read McFarlane, I thought about Seth McFarlane!!
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    jerreece , July 21, 2010 11:55 PM
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    An open-world RPG by R.A. Salvatore


    Fantastic! I am SO interested.... one of my absolute favorite authors.

    Reading "The Pirate King" right now. :) 
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    Azgoroth , July 22, 2010 12:07 AM
    Be glad this isn't a MMO. If you think the Drizzt craze in other MMO's is bad, think of the levels it would reach in a game actually created by Salvatore.
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    decrypted , July 22, 2010 12:30 AM
    R.A.Salvatore is one of my all time favorite authors, and I'm really looking forward to what he can bring to the story. Alas, Drizzt may yet get a game about him, that would be awesome.
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    donovands , July 22, 2010 12:54 AM
    Single player! Yes! Who wants another MMO anyway? Market is saturated already.
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    gr33nf00t , July 22, 2010 1:07 AM
    Always thought R. A. Salvatore was very "meh." Good to see Todd McFarlane doing work again, though.
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    Onus , July 22, 2010 1:08 AM
    I may very well like this one, as long as it doesn't require too much hand-eye coordination and is a click-fest. Will wait for more details.
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    LordConrad , July 22, 2010 1:11 AM
    Single player! Woohoo!! I'm getting so tired of all this MMOG hype.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , July 22, 2010 2:15 AM
    simple11Mmm I miss Todd McFarlane.

    You know he's part of the creative team behind Haunt, right?
    You should be able to tell anyway because the story involves shape-shifting superpowers and a guy that looks like Spiderman. McFarlane just can't seem to let go of that stuff.
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    Trialsking , July 22, 2010 3:07 AM
    I am only playing if I can be Drizzt Durden hand drawn by McFarlane. Incredible Hulk #340 FTW, yes I own it!
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