Turbine has announced that a new Asheron's Call 2 server has opened up and that the game is free to anyone with a current Asheron's Call subscription or who purchase a key and subscribe. They were not able to restore old characters to the Dawnsong server, however.
Below is a link to the Asheron’s Call 2 client installer so you may get the game up and running. This will provide access to the new Dawnsong server. Although the server has passed our initial tests, we have a lot of monitoring and tweaking to do to the game environment and we want to ensure that our players understand that. This game service will be provided as a beta for all players with an active Asheron’s Call account. That said, the game server is currently up and running. So join us for a nostalgic trip back to a Dereth where the golden age was not interrupted.
If you are an active paid AC1 subscriber there will be no need to create a new account for Asheron’s Call 2; you will simply log into the Asheron’s Call 2 game using your current Asheron’s Call credentials.
Read the full post on the Asheron's Call forum.