Turbine just randomly decided to make a post on their forums today announcing that the old school MMORPG Asherons Call 2 is back. AC2 closed down in 2005 after being up for only a couple of years. Apparently it could not achieve enough subscribers to be viable back in the day — oddly that connects us to yesterday’s post quite nicely.
If you own and subscribe to Asheron’s Call 1, Turbine will let you log into AC2 with that same AC1 account and play on a brand new AC2 server. There are a ton of reasons why this is awesome.
- Fans of AC2 can return to play once more.
- This will drive sales of AC1 and get people playing a fairly inexpensive game to maintain.
- Turbine looks like a hero to the fans.
- AC2 can serve as a proof of concept, allowing other companies to see the results and hopefully re-release or at least connect older games to their new ones.
You know what would be awesome? I’d love to see more older MMORPG’s return. I want to see a true classic DAOC server, an official EQ1 server, and even SWG brought back.
Having people buy one of your other games is rather ingenious, and I see nothing wrong with it. I would gladly re-purchase a handful of titles to play them again.
If Bioware were to say “Buy a SWTOR subscription and we’ll let you log in to this new classic DAOC server,” I would happily do so. When SoE eventually gets around to launching EverQuest 3, I hope they decide to one day attach an EQ1 membership in there. Heck, drive sales of your new game by allowing people access to all your other games (Station Pass).
Very clever way of not only reviving an older titles that fans want to play, but coming up with another great application for the subscription model.