Warner Brothers: Make Asheron's Call public domain
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Warner Brothers sold many people lifetime subscriptions to their property "Asheron's Call" and shortly thereafter shut their servers down and kept the monies. Warner Brothers has made it glaringly obvious that they do not intend to use the aforementioned property. We demand that Warner Brothers make "Asheron's Call" public domain so those who wish to put this 18 year old software to use may do so. If Warner Brothers allows Asheron's Call to become public domain then fans of the game can set up and run their own servers to provide service to those who are interested.
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Asheron's Call (AC) was a fantasy MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for Microsoft Windows-based PCs developed and published by Turbine Entertainment Software. Though it was developed by the Turbine team (with Microsoft's extensive assistance), it was published as a Microsoft title until 2004. Asheron's Call was set on the island continent of Dereth and several surrounding smaller islands and archipelagos on the fictional planet of Auberean. The game was played in a large, seamless 3D virtual world which could host thousands of players' characters (or avatars) at a time.
Released on November 2, 1999, it was the third major MMORPG to be release and was developed at the same time as Ultima Online and EverQuest. After initial success its subscription numbers dropped as newer MMORPGs moved into the market. Its host servers remained online for over 17 years after the game's original launch.
It was announced on December 20, 2016 that Asheron's Call would close all its servers on January 31, 2017. Despite several attempts by the community to purchase or lease the IP, the game closed at 12 EST on that day.
On December 20, 2016, it was announced that Turbine would no longer develop MMORPGs, with the servers and account system to be transitioned over to a newly formed studio called Standing Stone Games. However, the Asheron's Call IP remains with Turbine and their owner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the result of which is that after 18 years, the game would close on January 31, 2017.
New account creation was disabled in December 2016, although players with an account were free to keep playing the game. The closure not only affected Asheron's Call, but also its sequel. In 2012, Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings was resurrected, but would also close on January 31, 2017.
The servers closed at 12 EST on January 31. Shortly after the servers closed the website and forums were taken down, along with the official Facebook page.
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