Asheron’s Call, The Comeback Kid
Back in December I wrote about the upcoming graphics engine overhaul for Anarchy Online and now it looks like Asheron’s Call is set to receive one too. Surprisingly I find myself oddly excited about it all.
I last played AC back in 2000, the same year as when I went to university and got my first chest hair (I now have two) and, although I enjoyed it a fair amount, it was no Everquest substitute. Now, after more than 10 years (hats off to the game for surviving so long), I’m actually quite digging the idea of Asheron’s Call making a comeback. Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking or maybe it’s just the fact that I want a MMO that will run well on my netbook, I’m thrilled that some of our old school favourite MMORPGs are due to get upgraded.
Although there’s very little information available about the graphics overhaul it seems to be targeting just landscape and buildings only so I don’t think we’ll be seeing new character models or spell effects with it which is a bit of a shame. Still, can’t really complain. I do definitely hope, however, that they improve the UI and camera and mouse controls. I can deal with outdated graphics but I can’t live without my familiar mouse controls and flexible camera movements.
So overall promising and exciting news. That’s two of the earliest MMORPGs getting graphics upgrades… when’s Everquest going to be playable in a browser window?
P.S. If you want a chuckle, check out Wikipedia’s listed system requirements for AC. I think my watch has enough RAM to run it.