Last call for Asheron's Call 2

Developer ends the year by pulling plug on massively multiplayer game, turns attention to upcoming licensed projects.

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Turbine performed a little house-cleaning this weekend as it shut down its massively multiplayer online role-playing game Asheron's Call 2. Originally released in November of 2002, the fantasy game world met an unceremonious armageddon December 30.

As of press time, the Asheron's Call 2 forums were still up for mourning players, and blow-by-blow accounts of the world of Dereth's final moments had started circulating the Web.

The game's closure was originally announced in August, as the title had become a financial liability for Turbine. Interestingly enough, the original Asheron's Call, which went live in October of 1999, survives its supposed successor. Turbine continues to support the title and in its December letter to players said that it is considering a number of possible upgrades to the game.

With Asheron's Call 2 behind it, Turbine's next titles are a pair of high-profile MMORPGs in the forms of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach and Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Stormreach is set to hit stores in late February, with Shadows of Angmar following later in 2006.

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