Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning unveiled

38 Studios' first game gets Comic-Con reveal.

EA has taken the lid off of 38 Studios' PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 RPG Project Mercury, and confirmed it's final title is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Reckoning is described as an "epic, open world role-playing game set in Amalur, a mysterious and magical new fantasy world".

It's single-player only, and "sets players on a heroic journey to unlock the mysteries" of said open world.

Amalur is created by author R. A. Salvatore (Forgotten Realms). Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is handling the art side of things. And Ken Rolston, lead designer of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and current lead designer at 38 Studios subsidiary Big Huge Games, is in charge.

"Reckoning brings a new level of intense action combat to the RPG genre," continues the official blurb. It'll be out "in fall 2011".

"Reckoning is a great representation of how a team of incredibly talented and creative people with expertise in different areas can come together and complement each other so well," said 38 Studios CEO Jen MacLean.

"We are thrilled to be developing an open-world RPG under the leadership of one of the greatest RPG designers in the industry, with creative direction by one of the most iconic artists of our time, set in a rich universe imagined by one of the top fantasy genre authors in the world. We can't wait to share the first details of this universe we have been so dedicated to building over the past few years."

"In Reckoning, we started with Bob and Todd's exceptional Kingdoms of Amalur game setting and imagery," said Rolston.

"On that foundation we built the open-world exploration, vast narrative and character customisation 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."

38 Studios is the outfit established by American baseball player Curt Schilling. The team will host a panel on the game this Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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