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Jonathan Hanna, the Director of Community Relations, took some time to answer some questions about the demise of Asheron's Call 2 announced late last week. The reaction, exclusively here on MMORPG.com, finds out why, the fate of the team and more.
| MMORPG.com: A game must, in the end speak for itself. As a sort of post-mortem, completely independently of outside factors, what do you feel went wrong with AC2 as a game to cause its eventual failure? What lessons has Turbine learned from it that can be used to enhance future projects?
Jonathan Hanna: There are many factors that contributed to AC2s ultimate fate, and its really hard to single one factor out above the others. There are a lot of things that Turbine has learned from AC2, and were constantly applying those lessons to Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online. One of the key lessons that we learned is the customer perception of sequels in the MMO space. They end up splitting your community more so than growing it. So they are counterproductive, unlike sequels in other game genres where they can be really successful.
You can read the full Q&A here.
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