Asheron's Call is reducing its service
In a worrying address on the community forums, Asheron's Call announced it would be shifting into a "maintenance mode"; meaning that the game would no longer be receiving major updates.
The development team at Turbine announced the news as a follow-up to their latest, and seemingly last Asheron's Call update.
"We have no plans to close Asheron’s Call. We plan to keep the game open and the servers running."
Although the 15 year-old, fantasy mmorpg will remain up and running, but on a significantly reduced workload. This means that the team looking after Asheron's Call will be reduced to simply maintaining, bug fixing, and re-balancing the game, in order to keep it on an even keel.
"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."
There will be limited to no updates scheduled after February , although the game may be reshuffling to make itself fully free to play.
The post continues by stating that by the end of the year, they're hoping that the game will be able to live on in community hosted servers, which suggests that unless the some charitable tech wizards step up to the plate; the outlook for the long-standing mmo isn't a positive one.