Interview: Kingdoms of Amalur & Copernicus

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Chris Nutt at Gamasutra has done a bit of an overview of 38 Studios’ Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, as well as its upcoming BigWorld-powered sister MMO, currently code-named Copernicus.

In 2006, star Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling formed a company, now called 38 Studios, to create an MMO. That game, codenamed Copernicus, is still in development at the company’s Rhode Island headquarters. He sought the cooperation of big names — artist Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, and R.A. Salvatore, the author behind the popular Drizzt Do’Urden books — to help flesh out his franchise.

Nutt interviews Big Huge Games studio & project art director Tim Coman, about working with an legends like Curt Shilling, R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane, on such an ambitious project…

For me, I always wanted to, from an art direction standpoint, look at something and say we shouldn’t be basing design necessarily off of the hardware. You should be basing it off of what’s right for the title. So, for us, we really wanted to combine the idea of building everything from the ground up… We’ve got tons and tons of concept art where we build these ideas around this stuff.

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