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Project Copernicus reveals first footage

The first footage of Project Copernicus has been released to put to rest fears the game would be shelved.

38 Studios has released footage from its upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) role playing game Project Copernicus, which should allay fears that the title would never see the light of day.

This is largely due to the fact that the developer is in debt to the tune of $75 million (£47 million). Just under $50 million (£31 million) is owed to the state of Rhode Island to pay back a loan granted to the company.

It missed a payment of $1.1 million after a check bounced. But since then it has made the repayment and, to celebrate, a world fly-through video has been released for the long-standing Project Copernicus.

The video, which comes in at just under two minutes, shows an array of settings in the game's universe. From dark jungle swamps and mountainous landscapes, to glorious palaces and glowing cities, the footage certainly teases gamers looking forward to the title.

It does also confirm for fans of 38 Studios previous game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, that it will be set in the same universe.

Kingdoms of Amalur is a single-player role playing game released earlier this year, set in a fantasy world with five distinct regions and four separate races.

38 Studios is hardly out of the woods yet, as it has to make another payment of $2.6 million (£1.6 million) in November, followed by a further $12.6 million (£9 million) next year.

"I want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to make sure 38 doesn’t fail," Rhode Islands governor Lincoln Chafee told the press.

However, he insisted that the state would no longer support the developer: "It’s time for them to go out and get private capital funding. That’s the deal. It’s a generous deal, but stick to it." 

He also explained his stance on whether he would be involved in any future video game investments: "Never, never ever. Not under my watch."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801367977-ADNFCR