Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2 players will receive their final bill come June 31, Turbine has announced.
“As of August 2014, Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2 will no longer charge a subscription fee for players,” Turbine announced. “The last payments will be processed on June 31st, making July the final ‘paid’ month.
“Note that this means some players will technically receive some portion of July free as a result, as we have decided to absorb the cost and not run partial payments to cover it.”
New or lapsed players will need pay $10 to activate or re-activate an account once it goes F2P. The forums will remain running, help will be limited, and MSN Zone migrations will cease after May 31.
Here’s the rundown:
- After the transition, new accounts can be created with a one-time $10 purchase through our normal sign-up page
- We will no longer be performing MSN Zone migrations after May 31st
- Any inactive subscriptions that players wish to access after the transition will require a one-time activation fee of $10 via the My Account website
- Note that after the transition, help requests will only be available regarding harassment issues or account assistance with the $10 one-time activation purchase.
- The AC forums will remain up and available
Regarding “community” servers, Turbine said its current plan is to offer the first player run server packages and to open up player run server sub-forums by the end of the year.
“Our first offering will be a basic AC1 server and client download,” said the producer. “We expect the first offering to be light on documentation, as it is intended for enthusiasts with experience in setting up servers and dealing with networking.
“While set up instructions will be offered on these new sub-forums, this initial offering will be intended to be used in conjunction with the forums to allow the community to begin the process of running servers and creating documentation for that process.
You can read up on more of this through the link.
Turbine announced in March it would cease development on Asheron’s Call after 15 years.