“We’ve had a few questions about the forums and shutdown time, so I thought it best to make a fresh post,” Turbine’s Halistran told players today. “Asheron’s Call will be shutting down at 12PM (Noon) Eastern Standard Time on January 31st. The forums will be shutting down on the same day and at the same time – January 31st at noon.”
The company announced the twin sunsets just before Christmas last month following the revelation that Turbine had spun off Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online to a new and independent studio, Standing Stone Games, to be published by Daybreak.
Standing Stone, which is made up of apparently all the former Turbine employees, has refused to comment on the circumstances behind the fate of Asheron’s Call and its sequel.
Massively OP has been covering the franchise as it approaches its execution date — its second execution, in the case of AC2. We’ve thus far completed a piece on Turbine’s responsibility to the franchise, an article detailing AC’s historical significance, and two streams with MOP’s MJ and Andrew. Expect our retrospective on Asheron’s Call 2 later this week.