Brad McQuaid, the CEO of Sigil Games, has been in touch with the affiliate sites today as to the current situation of Vanguard, and their plans for the future. One of the central pieces of this news is his statements on Sigil's plans to work closer with SOE in the future.
"SOE is in discussions with Sigil regarding the future of Vanguard and Sigil Games in Carlsbad. Talks are going well and first and foremost, our primary concern right now is what's best for Vanguard and its community. We want to ensure that this game and its community have a healthy future. The specifics that we work out over the coming days will all be with that single goal in mind."
So the bottom line is that SOE is going to be getting more involved with Sigil and Vanguard - our relationship is going to become even tighter - much tighter. At this point I can't say much more than that.
Does this mean an acquisition? I can't say at this point.
Does this mean more or less people at Sigil? I can't say at this point.
Does this mean management changes at Sigil? I can't say at this point.
I *can* say that regardless of the turn out, SOE knows that Sigil has the experience and vision necessary to run Vanguard and therefore a major change in that area is extremely unlikely and would be foolish on their part.
Brad now also has his own form on the SOE Support Forums, located here, where he will be reaching out to the Vanguard Community.
Also on that forum, later tonight, will be a post from Brad containing more information on the above statements, along with quite a bit of other information. Check back later tonight for updates.