Three screens from "Project Copernicus" have found their way into the wild.
The first look at the Project Copernicus MMO, such as it was, came out amid controversy earlier this week. The fantasy realms on display in the fly-by video were pretty but rather generic in an MMO sense, looking like they could come from any World of Warcraft-style MMO. Worse yet, and despite a statement from Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee that the game is expected to come out in June 2013, only static environments were on display - no characters, no gameplay, just buildings and trees.
The three screenshots that turned up on Kingdoms of Amalur forum 38 Watch are similarly static, but at least they show off some of the races in the game: the Almain, Dverga and Jottun, AKA the human, the dwarf and the ogre. No points for creativity there, nor is there any proof that these screens are legit, but the art style does seem to more or less fall in line with what was on display in the debut video.
The downside to that connection is that the screens have the same generic, WoW-like look to them as the video. The resolution is higher, and I don't play MMOs so I'm hardly an authority on the matter, but if I hadn't been told that these were from Copernicus, I would probably have assumed that they'd come out of Blizzard. Given the usual fate of MMOs that try to stand and punch with the World of Warcraft behemoth, that's not necessarily a good thing.
Source: 38 Watch