The Big Huge Games side of this week’s 38 Studios intellectual property auction has been sold for $ 320,000.00. The two lots sold off were for the trademark of Big Huge Games as well as the Rise of Legends and Rise of Nations properties. It is not currently known who the properties now belong to, though the auction drew the attention of 20 interested parties, five of which actively participated in the conference call for the auction.
As for 38 Studios’ in-development MMO set in the Kingdoms of Amalur universe Project Copernicus and social media and gaming platform Helios, the court-appointed receiver for the assets Richard J. Land did “not receive acceptable offers for the remaining lots,” and “intends to continue to engage in negotiations with interested parties.”
Sources involved in the bidding process told Joystiq there were legacy issues with both the “Rise of” and Amalur intellectual properties, particularly with their former publishing partners Electronic Arts (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) and Microsoft (Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends). Even if the properties were purchased, the buyers would still need to deal with some terms made during the original agreements.