Record-breaking RPG Skyrim has paved the way for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, says EA.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a smash hit for Bethesda after going on sale last November, shipping well over 10m units, topping the Christmas sales chart and breaking records on download platform Steam.
As EA releases Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning today (Friday, February 10th), the publisher is confident it can follow Bethesda’s triumph with an RPG hit of its own.
“Releasing after Skyrim can be a challenge, but it can also be an opportunity, as there are a lot more consumers out there who have just had their first experience of a really core RPG,” EA’s senior product manager Kevin Flynn told MCV.
“Reckoning delivers the size of the world, the inventory management and the depth that audience love, but the visceral combat and the approach 38 Studios have taken with that means that this is perhaps a little more accessible.”
EA also believes the backing of ‘top tier talent’ can help make Reckoning a success. This includes a storyline penned by best-selling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, plus design work from The Elder Scrolls veteran developer Ken Rolston and comic book artist Todd McFarlane.
“Reckoning is being led by true quality which is reflected in the final product,” added Flynn.
The publisher says it will promote the game digitally, in-store, in core gaming print publications and online.