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Microsoft does an "Event Technology Test" to End the Testing of Asherons' Call

October 22, 1999--To herald the end of the Asheron's Call beta, which takes place at the stroke of midnight this Sunday, October 24 (PDT), Microsoft and Turbine Entertainment announced that adventurers in the land of Dereth are currently in the midst of several apocalyptic events. In-game sages have confirmed rumors that these occurrences are simply the harbingers of even more unexpected, world-shaking events to hit the citizens of Dereth in the coming days.

Shoushi's Crator

Yaraq Crator

Glenden Wood Volcano

It has been reported that earlier in the week an enormous comet appeared in the sky, seemingly on a collision course with Dereth. Then, yesterday, disaster struck!  The town of Shoushi was totally devastated, leaving only a smoldering crater bubbling with magma.  In the neighboring towns of Qalaba'r and Yaraq, trees and buildings were said to be mysteriously ablaze. Later in the day, town criers announced that strange flaming apparitions and magma golems had invaded the Direlands, a remote section of the isle.  Reports from Dereth have become more frantic, as these strange and dangerous creatures are now just outside many heavily populated towns.

The open trial for Asheron's Call is available for download from However, time is running out.  All gamers are encouraged to participate in the beta's final days, and explore the 500-square-mile isle of Dereth before Asheron's Call is commercially available in early November.

Developed by Turbine Entertainment, Asheron's Call is a massively multiplayer role-playing game that draws together thousands of players within a dynamic, 3-D online world. Players can create truly unique characters by choosing between extensive combinations of visual appearance, attributes and skill sets. Asheron's Call immerses players in an intense role-playing fantasy environment where they must compete or cooperate with thousands of other online players. An extensive system of allegiance and influence greatly enhances social interaction. The online nature of the game facilitates an evolving and dynamic adventure inside a consistent universe. The game will never be solved because there will always be more areas to explore and quests to complete.

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