It looks like 38 Studios has staved off disaster — for now.

Just when you thought the company’s hectic week couldn’t get any stranger — what with withholding employee salaries and having insufficient funds to make its loan repayment — Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee today announced that the company had indeed made its $1.125 million payment to the state.

The beleaguered company and its baseball celebrity head, Curt Schilling, will not receive any more of the $75 million loan it secured to move to the state in 2011. To date, $49 million has been paid. The next repayment is for $2.6 million and is scheduled for November 1.

Oh, and Copernicus, the company’s MMO? That’ll be out in June 2013, said Chafee. In fact, here’s a trailer!

We imagine this is a case of Chafee not realizing the magnitude of announcing a release date for an MMO and possibly just having to answer questions about when the company will start turning a profit again.

Finally, in what is certainly completely unrelated to all of this… Turbine is hosting a a recruiting event in Providence, R.I. — where the 38 Studios offices are located — on Monday, May 22.

What will this mean for the state of Copernicus when it launches? Well, to borrow a phrase, they probably won’t have the luxury of releasing it “when it’s ready.”

Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with Gamebreaker.tv, he also blogs about video games at http://jasonwinter.wordpress.com.