A fantastic action-RPG from 2012 will soon make its way onto modern consoles: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (now dubbed Re-Reckoning) will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this August. The Kingdoms of Amalur remaster has now officially been announced by publisher THQ Nordic, although multiple listings appeared prior to the announcement on online storefronts like Xbox Live and Amazon. An official release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, and there’s a slight discrepancy between the release dates retailers are showing–Xbox Live lists the release date as August 11, while Amazon indicates the game will release on August 18. Either way, it seems we can look forward to Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning launching sometime in mid-August.
Originally released on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was generally well-received and earned a 7.5/10 in GameSpot’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning review for its top-notch combat, flexible character advancement, and extensive world, although former reviews editor Kevin VanOrd noted its overall generic world and story.
“In the future, when you talk about Kingdoms of Amalur, the first thing you will probably mention is how fun the battles were,” he wrote back in 2012. “Incredibly, this RPG’s combat is so exciting, it could have been used in a pure action game and would have held up just fine. In fact, from a swordplay, loot, and leveling perspective, Kingdoms of Amalur is as good as any RPG in recent memory. This is the role-playing game you should be playing if excellent action and progression are your primary concern.”
Despite its popularity, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was surrounded by drama when its original developer, 38 Studios, declared bankruptcy and shut down, eventually leading its home state of Rhode Island to sue the studio’s founder over a controversial $75 million loan. In September 2018, THQ Nordic acquired the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur, although the company confirmed to Eurogamer at the time that Electronic Arts still holds publishing rights, requiring EA’s approval for a remaster.
Whether you played the original RPG or are just hearing about Kingdoms of Amalur, the remaster will be the perfect chance to return to Amalur or explore it for the first time with improved visuals, refined gameplay, and all DLC unlocked. If you’re interested in securing your copy early, check out where you can pre-order Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning below, including its Collector’s edition.
Pre-order Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning standard edition | $40
Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning is currently available to pre-order for PS4, Xbox One, and PC for $40 on Amazon. While there is a placeholder listing for the Kingdoms of Amalur remaster on Xbox Live, you can’t actually pre-order yet on that platform. The standard edition will include all DLC from the game’s original release. This game is also supported by Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, so if the price drops at any time before release, you’ll be charged the lowest amount when it ships.
Pre-order Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Collector’s edition | $100-$110
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning has a pricier Collector’s edition, a nice option for longtime fans of the game. The Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Collector’s edition will include the base game and all DLC as well as an Alyn Shir collectible statue, an Amalur keychain, a copy of the original soundtrack, and five Amalur artworks. It’ll cost you $110 to own on PS4 or Xbox One and $100 on PC.
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