38 Studios, formerly known as Green Monster Games, was a video game production company based out of Maynard, Massachusetts. On April 12th the 160 employees moved into their new office in Providence, Rhode Island. The move was facilitated by the incentives offered by then governor Frank Caprio who sought to provide benefits to companies willing to re-locate. The move was a month ahead of schedule. The production house was created in 2006 by Curt Schilling, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. The focus of the company is MMORPGs.
In late May 2009, Curt Schilling's 38 Studios acquired Big Huge Games. 38 Studios' CEO and President Brett Close had this to say about the acquisition, "The acquisition enables us to develop and deliver top-quality games in multiple genres that are based in a shared world, ultimately maximizing the value of our Copernicus MMOG and the intellectual property as a whole."
Friend of Giant Bomb and former room-mate Rich Gallup was hired by 38 Studios and worked on both Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Copernicus. Ben Coello was also hired by 38 Studios and was likely contributing some amazing art to whatever "Copernicus" was going to be.. Early speculation indicates it may well be a Ms. Pac-Man baseball-themed Spawn MMO, though this cannot be confirmed at this time.
Following financial troubles in May 2012, the staff at both 38 Studios and Big Huge Games were laid off. The majority of employees at the studio were unaware of the impending collapse and many continued to show up to the office despite the skipping of payroll.
On June 3rd, 2012, it was announced that Epic Games will be founding a studio in Baltimore, where Big Huge Games was formerly located with former 38 Studios and Big Huge Games staff. Ex-BHG leadership contacted Epic and requested to start a new studio and work on existing Epic IP. This led to Epic announcing "an impossible studio in Baltimore". Former members of 38 Studios quickly banded together after the surprising collapse and founded Summer Camp Studios. Among those working at Summer Camp Studios is former 38 Studios staff member and close friend of the site Rich Gallup.
The downfall of 38 Studios was covered in depth by Boston Magazine. The largesse and fiscal mismanagement of Curt Schilling contributed heavily to the downfall of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games.
The company's motto was “How cool would it be if . . .”
The first title released by 38 Studios was Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. A teaser trailer was released on July 22, 2010 and included a knight fighting skeletons, magical swords, and a giant monster. The game is set in an original fantasy world created with the help of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and R.A. Salvatore. The game was finally released on February 7th, 2012 and received critical praise. In a Twitter post shortly after the games launch, Curt Schilling announced the game had apparently broke expectations and sold 1.5 million copies.
The MMO Copernicus was supposed to be set in the universe established by Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but the financial troubles of 38 studios led to the games (apparent) cancellation. The governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, announced that the game should be out by 2013, but the dramatic decline of 38 Studios has led many in the industry to consider the game moribund. A teaser trailer was released in 2012 after the financial troubles of 38 Studios became public knowledge.