asheron’s call 2

Official Site: Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings (Wikipedia Entry)
Studio: Turbine, Inc./Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Launch Date: November 22, 2002
Sunset Date: December 30th, 2005
Re-Launch Date: December 13, 2012
Re-Sunset Date: January 31, 2017
Genre: Classic Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (Maintenance Mode, One-Time Fee)
Platform: PC
See Also: Asheron’s Call

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