Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Breaking Away from Microsoft

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Until recently, Microsoft Game Studios was going to publish the massively multiplayer online game Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, currently in development at Sigil Games Online, the studio founded by Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler. Sigil is now working to acquire the rights to Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
Assuming that Sigil succeeds, Sony Online Entertainment will co-publish the game with Sigil. Sigil will take care of the marketing of Vanguard, while Sony Online Entertainment will take care of distribution, hosting and support. The game's ultimate release date is unclear.

Why is Microsoft moving away from the title? Sigil's CEO McQuaid said "it became clear that MGS and Sigil had varying visions and direction for the title’s development. In the best interest of Vanguard, it was decided that we would buy back the publishing rights from Microsoft." Microsoft has, in the past, cut off in-development MMOGs, demonstrating that the folks at Microsoft have a better understanding of "sunk cost" than many other companies.

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