- Sigil Games Online
Sigil Games Online, Inc. was a
computer game developerbased in Carlsbad, Californiathat was founded by Brad McQuaidand Jeff Butlerin January 2002. On January 30, 2007, Sigil released their debut game "", a massively multiplayer online role-playing gameco-published by Sony Online Entertainment. On May 15, 2007, SOE announced that they had completed a transaction to purchase key assets of Sigil Games Online. As a result, SOE now owns Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, described as Sigil's "tent pole property". [Sony Online Entertainment (May 15, 2007). [http://www.soepress.com/release.asp?i=111 Sony Online Entertainment Acquires Leading Online Games Studio -- Sigil Games Online] . Press release.]
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
McQuaid and Butler formerly worked for Sony Online Entertainment on the team developing "
EverQuest". After their departure, they formed Sigil; on May 162002, Sigil announced that they had reached an exclusive publishing deal with Microsoft[Sigil Games Online (May 16, 2002). [http://www.sigilgames.com/may-16-02.html Microsoft Game Studios Teams Up With Sigil Games Online] . Press release.] and they began work on "Vanguard".
May 5, 2006Sigil announced that they had negotiated a deal to purchase the rights to "Vanguard" back from Microsoft, and at the same time announced that they had in cooperation with Sony Online Entertainment arranged a co-publishing deal between Sigil and Sony Online Entertainment. [Sigil Games Online (May 5, 2006). [http://www.sigilgames.com/sonypressrelease.html Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Finds a New Home] . Press release.]
"Vanguard: Saga of Heroes" was released on
January 30, 2007, co-published by Sigil and Sony Online Entertainment.
Sony Online Entertainment announced on
May 15, 2007 that they had acquired Sigil's "key assets", while further stating that Sony Online Entertainment would hire approximately fifty of Sigil's employees and that Brad McQuaid would be consultant to SOE as a creative advisor for Vanguard. Sony Online Entertainment's President John Smedley communicated the announcement to "Vanguard's" playerbase via the game's official forums. [cite web | title=SOE and Vanguard | url=http://forums.station.sony.com/vg/posts/list.m?topic_id=9105 | date=2007-05-15 | accessdate=2007-05-15 | author=Smedley, John]
* [http://www.sigilgames.com/ Sigil Games Online]
* [http://vgplayers.station.sony.com/ Vanguard: Saga of Heroes official site]
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