Turbine has been updating its long running MMORPG Asheron's Call since 1999, much to the delight of fans still enamored with the game that Turbine had hoped to challenge the supremacy of EverQuest and Ultima Online (at the time). While the game was not popular enough to take out those giants in the MMO space, it managed to garner it own small but loyal following over the years.
But all things must change, and so it was with (what we assume was) a heavy heart that Turbine announced that it would no longer update the game going forward after the launch of this latest patch. The company did emphasize that, while the game will no longer receive regular updates, it had no plans to take the game offline.
"Once this next update is in the hands of the players, the updates to Asheron’s Call will be limited," wrote producer Rob Ciccolini in late February. "We intend to fix critical bugs and continue maintenance and support on the game. While there is always a chance we will put out a small update if time permits, players should have the expectation that updates will be limited to maintenance, bug fixes, and perhaps balance iterations of February content such as the new Coliseum."
"Let me reiterate that we have no plans to close Asheron’s Call. We plan to keep the game open and the servers running," he added.
To learn more about the future of both Asheron's Call and Asheron's Call 2, check out Ciccolini's full post here.