One of the last Asheron’s Call emulators vanished last night

    
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Call and answer.

When Asheron’s Call shut down last winter following the spinoff of Standing Stone Games from Turbine, one of the few hopes the community had to cling to was the player-run emulator. Now, it appears those hopes have ended too.

Last night, Redditors began reporting an outage of what is known as the Megaduck emulator following a brief and unexplained system blast. Lest you suspect it’s merely tech issues or someone forgot to turn it back on again, players have further reported that the two administrators of the emulator have vanished and apparently deleted the websites and file hosting for the emulator as well.

It’s all led players to suspect a Turbine-emitted cease-and-desist order, although we cannot confirm that rumor. As we’ve previously pointed out, it’s still not clear exactly why the Asheron’s Call franchise wasn’t part of the spinoff deal; neither Turbine nor Standing Stone would comment at the time. Turbine has moved increasingly into the mobile space but nevertheless renewed the Asheron’s Call domains through 2022 in May – months after the sunset.

There is another emulator for the game, Fenntide, though it’s apparently struggling under the influx of newbies too.

The situation as it seems to stand from AsheronsCall

Source: Reddit. With thanks to Matthew.
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J

All this accomplishes it to push things onto foreign servers. Expect to see it back up and running in the coming weeks.

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Pedge Jameson

Because the new Kickstarter games. Yes.

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DrSteinman

Saw a reddit post with him saying that he’s exercising restraint and privacy on the matter for now.

So, yeah, WB sent their attack dog lawyers on him. I know they have to protect their IP and all but damn if WB doesn’t sound like the absolute scum of the gaming industry this last year or so.

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Tobasco da Gama

On the subject of (former) MMO companies with bleak futures that I won’t actually be sad about if they go…

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Jeff

I hope this isn’t true or is temporary….but honestly, this is why modern day developers are despised by consumers. When they aren’t destroying the games that were made by their betters, they are pounding their customers over the head with ideology. I once held out the independent developers were the hope for the future, but that scene is as bad of shape as mainstream devs.

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Andrew Ross

I don’t know if I should be worried or excited given the state of Turbine’s last few games.

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Jack Pipsam

Worried, very worried.

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Pandalulz

They’ve got to protect that IP so they can make a mobile match three / city builder out of it…

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camren_rooke

Don’t forget a MOBA sandbox! Got to guard those drudges as they creep along Holtburg lane.