This morning, Electronic Arts announced the development of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a single player, open-world RPG developed by 38 Studios. Created by Ken Rolston, the lead designer on Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and IV: Oblivion, Reckoning will be available in fall 2011, and the first trailer will be shown at a special Comic-Con panel this Thursday.
We've known 38 Studios, the company founded by baseball great Curt Schilling, was working on something big for a number of years, and here's the official description:
"Reckoning is an epic, open-world role-playing game set in Amalur, a mysterious and magical new fantasy world created by New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore. Brought to life visually through the trademark visceral style of renowned artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, Reckoning brings a new level of intense action combat to the RPG genre."
“In Reckoning, we started with Bob and Todd’s exceptional Kingdoms of Amalur game setting and imagery,” said Ken Rolston, Lead Designer at Big Huge Games, a subsidiary of 38 Studios. “On that foundation we built the open-world exploration, vast narrative and character customization 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.”
The panel takes place in room 6A from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM and will be moderated by Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley. You can check out the official website too, although right now there's no information there.