Ho ho ho! And what does Santa Alice have in her sack for you this year? She's been watching you all year and knows exactly what you want and deserve: for Turbine to resurrect Asheron's Call 2 seven years after its MMORPG shut down. Shh, shh, don't say a thing, sweet one. Santa Alice just knows.
Turbine released Asheron's Call 2 in November 2002 but shut it down only three years later, in December 2005. The original Asheron's Call is astonishingly still up and running, however, charging a monthly subscription fee of $12.95.
You'll need to be one of those curious AC1 subscribers to play the revived AC2, Turbine explains in the announcement, but pay no additional fee. The MMO's back up on a new server, where sadly veterans can't access any of their old characters.
"Please note that this is a beta, the environment might have some known issues that we will be working on," Turbine says. "The friend's list functionality, for example, will not be available when this new server goes into beta. As can happen during a beta release, the server might be taken down for maintenance or troubleshooting at some inconvenient times if deemed necessary."
Christmas miracles are rarely predictable.