Not April 1st.. only available to current AC1 subscribers.. hmm.
Asheron’s Call 2 has returned! We have opened up a new server for anyone who has an active Asheron’s Call subscription to play Asheron’s Call 2 for free! Although we would have loved to revisit some of our old characters with you, we were not able to bring over any of your old characters. We do, however, present this new Asheron’s Call 2 server, Dawnsong, to all active Asheron’s Call players with a paid subscription or who purchase an ACTD retail key and subscribe.
What does this mean to you?
Below is a link to the Asheron’s Call 2 client installer so you may get the game up and running. This will provide access to the new Dawnsong server. Although the server has passed our initial tests, we have a lot of monitoring and tweaking to do to the game environment and we want to ensure that our players understand that. This game service will be provided as a beta for all players with an active Asheron’s Call account. That said, the game server is currently up and running. So join us for a nostalgic trip back to a Dereth where the golden age was not interrupted.
If you are an active paid AC1 subscriber there will be no need to create a new account for Asheron’s Call 2; you will simply log into the Asheron’s Call 2 game using your current Asheron’s Call credentials.
Please note that this is a beta, the environment might have some known issues that we will be working on. The friend’s list functionality, for example, will not be available when this new server goes into beta. As can happen during a beta release, the server might be taken down for maintenance or troubleshooting at some inconvenient times if deemed necessary. See you in game!
Not April 1st.. only available to current AC1 subscribers.. hmm.
Well this is one story we never thought we'd be writing: Asheron's Call 2 is coming back from the dead. No, really! Turbine announced the return of the long-dormant title, which will be on a brand-new server called Dawnsong. The studio also provided a link to download the old client.
There are a few caveats that come with this MMO resurrection. You have to be an active subscriber to Asheron's Call to take advantage of the AC2 server, and the game is currently in beta status, so there might be a few hiccups as Turbine figures things out.
Asheron's Call 2 came out in 2002 and was closed in 2005. Our Game Archaeologist column has a great retrospective to bring you up to speed if you're unfamiliar with this short-lived MMO
Don't know even what to say, Yes like every Western MMO, before that just about every Mud, did alphas and almost all betas and played.
Played this back in the Day, had some Fun but was to Busy in UO,eq1 and daoc etc.
That's absolutely something I'd never expect to see - maybe the apocalypse really is nigh after all.
Can Mod move and Merge this with the other Thread please.
I was so fucking shocked to see this posted but their 2 threads, so please Merge.
ty to Drae or the Mod that Merged them.
Also that used my title for the Thread, as it lets old players know their be brand new server Dawnsong for it.
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I remember playing this when it came out. It was actually pretty good and IIRC the graphics were fairly decent for its time. Would play, but not subscribing to AC1
All I remember is when I played it was there were no npcs to interact with like towns or even rag tag settlements and you converted items to gold in inventory. It looked like they populated a world with monsters and didn't bother to do anything else. Obviously I didn't play long there were far better games out at the time.
I remember the game's water looked amazing at the time, and if you jumped into water from a high point your char would do a dive animation. Shit was unreal at the time.
Don't think I played the game more than 5mins though, and I played AC1 for months, maybe over a year I don't remember.
AC2 was one MMO that I look back and am like wtf was that shit?
IF they are bringing back old MMOs, someone needs to resurrect Earth and Beyond. That was the shit.
Yup, AC2 has returned or at least one server for now.
Turbine Forums, AC2 returns
Rolled a Lugian and hit level 7 before posting this.
You basically just need to pay $9.99 for AC1 to be able to play AC2, first month is free.
I want Auto Assault back then =(
AC2 was the first MMO I played, before starting Everquest.
Whoops sorry can someone just delete this thread.
Damage Inc AC2 stream
I streamed about an hour of me playing AC2 tonight with a guildmate. Go to about the 7 minute mark, as I was going between a human and Lugian and that's when I just played the Lugian. Sorry forgot I had my mic muted on X-Split so you only here the guy I'm playing with.
We ran around close to Arwic at first just killing mobs then down to a level 8 open world dungeon at the end of the stream.
Not sure what they're trying to achieve here, what could this have to offer that players can't get in other games?
" I wonder if you are destined to be forgotten. Will your life fade in the shadow of greater beings?"
Never played AC or AC2, but was playing EQ1 pretty much since it was released... however
AC2 looks fkn horrendous.... not sure if it's just me.
That stream looked kind of cool, been looking for a new "old" MMO for awhile and this may scratch that itch.
For 10$ I can def find out.
Have there been any improvements?
I played beta only.
WTH, this is weird.
Also weird are the people still playing AC1.
Yeah AC1 still has a relatively active community, I go back like once a year or so and check it out. It's like my own personal time machine to when I was 13. It was such an amazing game. It's still insanely cool but hardly the same thing with how much xp they throw at you, and the botting/grinding dungeons etc.
I still think of the opening of Verdantine to be recent, but it was before WoW launched. That was the last time I played it for real even though I've resubbed a couple times since.
My PC could never handle AC2, I got like 10 fps in the beta so I never actually played it
Would indeed like a return of Auto Assault more then this. Blowing up entire towns and industrial complexes never got old for me, even though there was a lot wrong with that game.
But this is still nice for people who liked AC2, can't really complain about that.
I would still rather see either EQ (by SoE) true Classic and/or DAoC vanilla before this.... just my opinion.
Heh, that engine sucked so hard. Yes it was pretty but if you had a high end system and were playing it next to a person with a lower end system you would see things that they could not. Thus the invisible objects comment above.
A "Why are you running into that tree?"
B "What tree?"
Also, the geometry exploits were rampant. Areas would make your FPS take a dive. Who knows, maybe they have spent the last 10 years fixing it?
As for AC2, the two main reasons why it floundered were:
1) It was a completely different skill system from AC and almost a completely different game. This really put off many current AC1 players.
2) The release was rushed because of Microsoft. This is why the whole back story/Lore is everyone emerging after 10 decades of living underground. No NPC's, all towns have to be rebuilt by the players. Plus there were a ton of bugs.
By the time bugs were fixed, classes fixed and the game became a lot more fun to play, the plug got pulled on it.
Yes AC2 was actually very ahead of it's time, much like I think AC1 was as well. AC2's Skill structure looks to be the template for WoW's initial talent tree as well as the AC2 Quest system.
Asheron's Call & EQ were technically my first MMO's, in the way that I played them here and there at my friend's house, and watched them raid etc, but AC2 was my first MMO, in the way many of you fondly remember EQ. Looking back, it may have not been the best, but goddamn I am looking forward to putting on my rose colored glasses and jumping back into this shit. Some of the best music in any mmo, and while the landscape is barren, it added to the ambiance imo. That and narrated dungeons + original races makes me tingle in my junk just thinking about it. Carry on with the usual everything sucks about >insert name of mmo / game here< !
Oh, and my theory on why this shit came out of the blue:
1) There is a server emu that has been in the works for a long time on this, and they might just be dicks and release this to be a PITA, or more likely
2) Turbine has been working on a "new" MMO if the rumors are to be believed, and this would make sense if they are doing this to generate interest in a new foray into the world of AC.
Fucking loved ac2, so very many issues some, the mass xp roll backs and mass exploits killed it but next to Vanguard had some of my favorite classes.
Here's the only video I have from a time long since passed.
I had two roommates that played AC2 with me and we had a hell of a time. Some incredibly overpowered builds/skills..
I wouldn't put on a resume that you worked on AC2 as a tester. Your group did a shitty job.
Right. Because bugs in a game 100% lie at the feet of the testers.
No, but I worked at a company where a third of the company was testing.
The entire gameplay experience beyond level 35 was one huge bug. If anyone actually played it, it wouldn't have launched that way.
Fair enough, but you are assuming we had any say in the matter if it got released or not.
Good point, although I thought MS would have been done with this long before now?
I beleive MS had a 10 year license on ac2 (going back to its first funded day of early dev) and that 10 years finally expired now.
I remember playing this when it first dropped. I was getting a little burnt out on EQ and raiding 7 days a week. I remember the graphics were pretty hot, and the gameplay was fun; and that the rest of the game was complete shit, from top to bottom.
EQ Beta B Tester.
I'll admit, I played this game way too long. I was there at launch, and played until there were 15-20 people per server (they actually posted server count in realtime). I liked some of the classes like Ranger and Tactician, but man, the dungeons were ass. And there were no towns.
This game was launched one year too early.
Is there a new player guide somewhere for those of us that never played this?
Ac1 was the best game I ever played.
Incredible pvp, incredible loot system, incredible guild system (even has patron and vassal system). THe game was amazing while it was in its prime. Never touched AC2. I still have AC1 installed...but I dunno. Prolly rather fuck with Darkfall.
In interesting Asheron's Call news:
News about the next update
Once this next update is in the hands of the players, the updates to Asheron’s Call will be limited. We intend to fix critical bugs and continue maintenance and support on the game. While there is always a chance we will put out a small update if time permits, players should have the expectation that updates will be limited to maintenance, bug fixes, and perhaps balance iterations of February content such as the new Coliseum.
Let me reiterate that we have no plans to close Asheron’s Call. We plan to keep the game open and the servers running.
Although this change of focus is necessary for our company, we love the Asheron’s Call games and we want them to live forever. We understand that players who have been enjoying our monthly updates will be disappointed at the change to Asheron’s Call. Our long term plan is to make the game free to all active accounts. We are working on a date in the not-to-distant future where all active accounts will be able to play the game for free. Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2 will be a gift to our loyal players.
In addition, we have been working within the company to start an initiative sometime near the end of the year to allow players to run their own Asheron’s Call servers. We intend to put the call out to tech savvy enthusiasts that love Asheron’s Call to create a community for players who want to run their own Asheron’s Call servers.
Unfortunately, setting up and running an AC server is not a user friendly experience. Enthusiasts would need some knowledge of running an SQL server, setting up the network, using our tools to configure the SQL server, installing the Asheron’s Call server with our complicated tools, and distributing the client. Our intent is to help these players build a community so these processes can be created and distributed to people interested in running an Asheron’s Call game. If that works out we can look into releasing tools and data files that would allow players to modify game data and create alternate content for their own Asheron’s Call games.
Well that's pretty cool.
Went back a while ago, and was rocking 3 different accounts. But I was macro'ing them pretty heavy on some island, building up experience, and had them all sworn in a chain to push experience. I still believe Asheron's Call had the best implementation on an Archer "class" than any other game ever.
The monarch I was in was still leading quests multiple times a week, and was really helpful. Sometimes these older games have the best communities and players. Even still talk to one of the players via text though I stopped playing a while ago.
AC was my first MMO, after playing DikuMuds for a few years. I was terrible at it and never got very far, but the sound of drudges haunts me to this day. I loved AC. I even resubbed once a few months ago, but couldn't justify the expense. Also played AC2 from start to finish. Would love to be able to play around in that world again.
Holy shit, I was positive 2014 was the end for AC when the trial disappeared, it just felt like they were done with the game.
AC was my first MMO too, my dad wouldn't buy me Everquest when it came out (he bought me Baldur's Gate 1 instead, which was maybe even more awesome), but then I got into the AC beta one summer and I just had to have it.
To this day the allegiance dynamic is something I've never experienced in other games. You really made friends and worked together because you benefited from everyone else succeeding, basically.
Oh the spell discovery system, which, the internet being what it is became nothing more than a gimmick, was a cool idea. I was a fist weapon-using mage and the world could be traveled from one end to the next. I hated the zone system in EQ because I played AC first and was used to that freedom. Bumping into a zone wall was just weird.
I rre-sub to this game about once every 2 years for a month or two....it's fun to run around and visit that world again. I still have gear that that has inscriptions/signatures from 2001.
So what the hell is Turbine cooking up that they aren't talking about? I know they have LOTRO and DDO, but they have to have many more people working on something else right?
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may have to give this a go. always wanted to play AC/AC2
The last time I really played was when the Verdantine server launched, which still seems relatively recent to me, even though it will be 10 years ago this summer. I can vividly recall hitting up the Glenden Wood prison with some people. I have trouble wrapping my head around that because it was before WoW launched, since I went on to play WoW with people I joined Verdantine with, and I considered AC old even at that point. God Asheron's Call is ancient. I feel so old right now.
My first account is long gone unless my name Zone ID name comes to me in a dream or something, which is unlikely. I can't wait until people can host AC servers
oh man AC2.
Basically if you wanna see what WoW was based on then feel free to play this game, because every new and interesting idea that wow at release had was ripped directly from AC2. Its too bad that they didn't just cut/paste the AC2 classes into WoW cus they were awesomer. tactician is the coolest class ever made btw.
Or alternatively, if you want to see what WoW would have looked like if they had released it in a pre-alpha stage with no NPCs or level 35+ content and the only thing you could do was kill mobs, run instanced dungeons, and use zone chat then play this game too.
My best and only memory of this game was /gokart.
And paying for a 1 month sub to some website to get beta access.
I remember how powerful the quest armor was before they nerfed it. Sold my suit for $500.00 right after the nerf, which still amazes me to this day.
As Hachima said.. Bring back Auto Assault.
I was in a guild with a couple wow developers who I used to exploit kill dragons with and they would talk about the game they were working on.
My biggest issue with turbine is the way they handled exploiting, which means they didn't. I was one of the first people on my server to fifty and used to run guildies through one of the weeklies. I would go collect these books from a pvp zone and then could place the books in the instance to stop the boss mob from getting in melee range and then the raid would just range them down.
I would also just kill dragons for loot because you could get them stuck on rocks and kill them. Just to be clear I don't normally exploit in games and am very much in favor of stern penalties. However turbine had long established that they would literally do nothing about exploiting. Be it punishing players or fixing the bugs. At some point I just snapped and said screw it, and joined in.
Ac2 had some great quests, classes and mobs. I had a lot of fun for the time I played it, even outside the exploiting.
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