Big Huge Games, the developer behind the Rise of Nations series, as well as the financial nightmare that was Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, has come back from the dead just in time for Halloween.
In an interview with Game Informer, founders Brian Reynolds and Tim Train revealed that they reacquired the rights to the name following a massive auction of assets belonging to previous parent company 38 Studios.
The auction was run by the state of Rhode Island to minimize its losses after the closure of 38 Studios. The developer, founded by former MLB player Curt Schilling, had been granted $75 million from the state to produce new development jobs, but was shuttered soon after the launch of Kingdoms of Amalur.
Now, the revived Big Huge Games has moved into new, trendy territory: mobile development. Its first title, DomiNations, is a free-to-play title published by Nexon. The publisher is also responsible for the smash-hit game MapleStory, and is currently working with Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions to release the arena shooter BlueStreak.
It’s always great to hear about studios getting a second chance, but it’s disheartening to hear that such a talented team is working in what many consider to be a toxic, cynical free-to-play landscape. Perhaps the team will prove us wrong, but we’ll have to wait until next year to find out.
Source: Game Informer