In a lengthy interview with Boston Magazine, 38 Studios founder Curt Shilling admitted the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO that ultimately sunk his company “wasn’t fun”.

Even the developer’s employees weren't playing it in their free time, he said.

"It was my biggest gripe for probably the past eight to 12 months."

Schilling also claimed that the publisher which expressed interest in backing the project before being scared away by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee’s bleak assessment of 38 was Take-Two Interactive.

Take-Two called Schilling's claim "rumour and speculation".

Whoever the would-be benefactor was, once they pulled out things were all but over for the Amalur developer, yet Schilling had a hard time accepting that his venture had failed.

Despite mounting financial troubles and increasing political pressure, he said he didn't know what to tell the rest of the company until it was too late.

As a result, most employees were left completely in the dark until they lost their jobs altogether.

Schilling claimed his history as a baseball player trained him to never admit defeat until everything was really over.

Until the studio went under, he was confident that he could still set everything right, he said.

"I believed with every ounce of my being that everything was going to work itself out."