The following news items relate to Project Mercury, 38 Studios, and Big Huge Games.
Obviously, I'm not at liberty to discuss anything about it, but I figured I'd pass on the links to the various news articles to anyone who might be interested.
Official Press Release from 38 Studios
Official Press Release from Electronic Arts
Ten Ton Hammer
RA Salvatore interviewed by Massively.com at GDC; read the interview here.
Two more articles about RA Salvatore's role in Copernicus, plus a meaty detail about the game world.
Gamasutra: R.A. Salvatore On Building Worlds, Copernicus
Joystiq: R.A. Salvatore Wants You to Die