That 404 at the Zone yesterday was finally replaced by a real, live, and fuzzy press release confirming the development of Asheron’s Call 2 as a joint project of Turbine and Microsoft. Apparently, the game’s been a secret project since the release of the original, despite months and months’ worth of “THERE IS NO AC2, SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT ALREADY – NT” dev posts at CoD.

Blues News’ SECRET INSIDER INFO may explain this mystery, as they let us know the game’s going to use the Turbine Engine 2. We’ve known about that engine for a while, supposedly developed for licensing purposes; it’s entirely possible this work since last fall has been on the engine until recently, when the game project began. Expect screenshots sometime next month, when the engine’s shown off at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Jose.