Turbine renews Asheron’s Call domain through 2022

    
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It’s weird to think that it’s already been a few months since Asheron’s Call and its sequel were shut down by Turbine. Yet there’s a hint of a glimmer that the studio might not be done with its proprietary franchise, as Turbine renewed the Asheron’s Call domain name in April to stretch through June 2022. The registration was about to expire come this June.

OK, so before we get a little too giddy about a possibility for an Asheron’s Call resurrection or continuation of sorts, it’s much more likely that this is simply to protect the domain name that belongs to the studio’s only original IP. In other words, Turbine wouldn’t want someone else snagging Asheronscall.com and doing… something with it (currently, the website is down and the old URL doesn’t do anything).

Players were hoping that Turbine would have sold or released the Asheron’s Call code to the community following the studio’s split with Standing Stone Games, which took on Turbine’s other two MMOs. Instead, Turbine retained the AC franchise and has refused to comment on its plans, if any, for the series.

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Lord Zorvan

It’s called reinforcing your ability to sue anyone who tries to put out an emulator.

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Valen Sinclair

Cheap insurance. Heck, even I own some domain names I don’t use…but you never know…

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Sorenthaz

If anything they’ll probably just do a mobile game or attempt another moba thing.

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Armsman

Gee, they renewed it for 5 years (pretty standard for corporations). They probably did so some Russian or Asian bot group doesn’t buy it up and redirect it to their subscription porn sites; or other sites that immediately try to load malware on your PC.

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Darthbawl

Releasing the source code for AC2 (and I suppose AC1) to the community and let them have at it.

(and then I wake up from my dream…) LOL

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Paragon Lost

They’re just covering bases so they don’t lose it. It’s cheap to renew that sort of thing for them.

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Jack Pipsam

Most likely just an IP thing for WB.

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Armsbend

`That probably cost them around $20.

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MesaSage

They might want to use it to open a swag shop.

Too soon…?

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Paragon Lost

Heh! Evil man, evil. heh.

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it’s much more likely that this is simply to protect the domain name that belongs to the studio’s only original IP. In other words, Turbine wouldn’t want someone else snagging Asheronscall.com and doing… something with it (currently, the website is down and the old URL doesn’t do anything).

you just reminded me of my forum admin buddy and mine experience with, as the last admin and mod of aionsource (a once popular and heavily trafficked aion fansite), we tried to buy the domain from curse when they shut us down (which they did primarily because it was not cost effective to migrate us to their new more secure auth system or w/e). for a while the domain linked to some low quality aion reference resource. but seems now it’s been sold to some SEO bot organization and now hawks various ad spam type things. tho quite oddly still with the header image of the original aionsource logo. so now the resting state of the site is a bot spam thing instead of selling it to us after years of keeping the place running unpaid simply out of love for the community that was still using the site generated curse ad revenue for years.

needless to say no love lost for curse from us.