Despite a solid first effort from 38 Studios with Kingdoms of Amalur, shipping 400k copies of a middle of the road RPG is only marginally considered success even when your company isn’t already indebted to the tune of $50 million to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Especially when you can’t make either payroll or the $1.125 million first payment on the aforementioned loan.
Or rather, use the first to pay off the second, which is reportedly how 38 Studios was able to continue operations and work on their Copernicus MMO due later this year. “I want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to make sure 38 doesn’t fail,” governor Lincoln Chafee said. “We’re in deep. Everything possible except giving them more money. There’s not going to be any money from the state. They’re not coming here for easy money.”