It's been an ... interesting week for 38 Studios. The game developer, founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, has been dealing with with financial issues and also dealing with the state of Rhode Island, who agreed to give the developer a $75 million loan in 2010 to help pay for development of the MMO game Project Copernicus.
This week, the developer actually gave the state a bad check to pay off part of that loan before finally offering Rhode Island a check that cleared.
Now, the company has finally released the first in-game trailer for Project Copernicus, perhaps as a way to convince the state, and the gaming public, that the developer hasn't been sitting around just spending money.
Unfortunately, the in-game trailer actually shows no gameplay at all. It's merely a flyby of some of the game's settings. It certainly looks impressive, but until we see some gameplay from Project Copernicus we will reserve judgement.
In any case, the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, also said on Friday that the game will be coming out in June 2013. That doesn't leave a lot of time for 38 Studios to turn things around and make a MMO game that will make up for all the money the company has received from the state.