Follow-up to Asheron’s Call’s slow demise.
It looks like I’m joining the ranks of Ibn and srand. As of Thursday last week, I am no longer employed by Turbine.
Most of you probably don’t know me. I didn’t take part in the community nearly as much as Ibn and srand, but I did interact with a few of you, and I greatly enjoyed my time as lead designer on AC. It was a thrilling experience and I got to design some content of which I am very proud.
Please don’t take all these departures as evidence that AC is shutting down. Turbine is committed to maintaining Asheron’s Call, and I believe them. There are some incredible people on the AC team and I have the utmost confidence in their abilities.
Keep on keepin’ on.
Brandon Paul Salinas
Former Lead Designer
Asheron’s Call: Live
EDIT- I also archive a comment from Dave Rickey on Corpnews:
I suspect their real current subscribers are between 20K to 30K. Turbine got some major VC money (over $30M), but WoW has upped the ante for DDO and LRO to where that probably won’t pay for either, never mind both. And their subscription revenues aren’t going to be much help ($200-300K a month is a drop in the bucket on these scales) so they’re probably trying to figure out how to get a lot more.