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Turbine Buys Asheron's Call

Turbine Entertainment announces that they are acquiring the Asheron's Call MMORPG franchise they developed for Microsoft Game Studios from the Redmond giant. Here's the deal:

WESTWOOD, Mass. – Dec. 17, 2003 – Turbine Entertainment Software Corp., a leading developer and publisher of online subscription entertainment, announced today that it signed a final agreement to purchase the complete Asheron’s Call massively multiplayer online game franchise from Microsoft® Game Studios. The franchise transfer includes all Asheron’s Call intellectual properties, including Asheron’s Call®, Asheron’s Call®: Dark Majesty and Asheron’s Call 2®: Fallen Kings™.
The complete change of ownership is expected to take nearly a year. During this transition period, Microsoft will be less and less involved, eventually transferring all of the services back to Turbine, including testing, customer service and billing services.
In preparation for the franchise’s arrival, Turbine has been building a customer service group to manage its games’ day-to-day operations. Over the next year, the company will assume all responsibility for Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2 game and player support, including customer service, tech support, quality assurance and a new billing system. Specific details and dates regarding on-going operations of the Asheron’s Call franchise will be announced in the near future.

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