Schilling: Rhode Island governor scuppered Amalur 2 deal

Former baseball star stands to personally lose $50 million.

Provocative public statements made by Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee scared away an investor which was close to bankrolling a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur, according to Curt Schilling, boss of beleaguered developer 38 Studios.

The former pro-baseballer told the Providence Journal that an unnamed publisher pulled out of a $35 million deal to finance the sequel within 72 hours of Chafee's announcement that the US state was doing its best to keep the company solvent.

Schilling also claimed that Rhode Island officials reneged on a deal to approve film tax credits to which the studio was allegedly legally entitled. Not only that, but they also refused to honour a promise to defer a $1.12-million loan repayment to allow 38 Studios to pay its staff.

The 38 Studios founder, who reportedly stands to lose $50 million of his personal fortune, denied he ever sought a government bail-out.

As reported earlier today, 38's planned sequel to recent RPG Kingdoms of Amalur would have boasted improved visuals, no loading time, expanded and improved combat animations, and fewer branching quests.

38 Studio's laid off its entire staff last week and closed down Maryland-based subsidiary Big Huge Games.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (16)

About the author

Fred Dutton

Fred Dutton

Contributor

Fred Dutton was Eurogamer's US news editor, based in Washington DC.

Related

Cult UK TV show GamesMaster is back later this year

"The series will see celebrities, gaming stars and super fans all take part in challenges, races, and epic fights."

Feature | In memory of Sir Clive Sinclair

Remembering the home computing pioneer who changed the world.

You may also enjoy...

Celebrate one year of being habitually terrified with Phasmophobia's Anniversary Update

"Phasmophobia is one of the highest-rated games on Steam which is incredible and something I never imagined happening."

New rumours reckon Quantic Dream is making a Star Wars game

"They now finished their contract with Sony and will be signing with Disney."

Cult UK TV show GamesMaster is back later this year

"The series will see celebrities, gaming stars and super fans all take part in challenges, races, and epic fights."

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is out next month

The latest instalment features five "incredible" new party games.

Comments (16)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading
Eurogamer.net

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch