Ashen Empires emulator Dransik Rebirth is allegedly shut down by a cease and desist order


In May, our roundup of MMOs you’ve never heard of offered a quick look at Dransik Rebirth, a rogue server of the old-school MMORPG Ashen Empires, which we haven’t heard official word from since 2009. It would appear that it’s not officially dead, or at least not sleepy enough to ignore people using the game’s IP, as Dransik Rebirth has – at least according to the player dev – been slapped with a cease and desist order and taken offline.

As captured by our tipster, the news was shared on the Dransik Discord, which detailed the whole matter: The game server host was allegedly served with a DMCA claim by Pixelmine Games CEO Doug Gesler, effectively turning off the rogue server as a matter of legal course. Furthermore, the server files were recovered, but the source code lies with one of the emulator’s devs, who left the Dransik Discord server and has not responded to any messages from the other members of the rogue server’s team.

“I’m not sure on what the future of this project is,” wrote the emulator’s dev. “We had a good run and I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as we did.”

DMCA claim and unknown future

source: Imgur, thanks to Rusku for the tip!
Casting doubt on this official story, another trusted tipster pointed out to us that the game’s original devs had in fact been active participants on the now-hidden forums and that players had been given multiple stories over the years in regard to updates, funding, and the status of the server code. (Thanks, Panagiotis!)
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