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This isnt an SoE bash, so if you post a reply please dont turn it into one...
Just my thoughts at another angle on the Vangaurd/SOE drama.
Anyone ever considered that SOE are fully aware of their reputation amongst the MMO player base?.
They no longer have the stanglehold on MMO's that they used too in early EQ days, after the public dabacle that was SWG and numerous tirades about Station Exchange, maybe they thought it would do them some good having their name attached to a game that has the potential to please the more 'serious' gamers.
Sure it wont make them a sack load of cash, Sigil themselves dont expect Vanguard to garner WoW size subscriptions due to the style of game they are making, but a success in this field, even by association, wouldnt harm SOE one bit.
Im willing to bet Sigil got a very good deal on distribution and server support, and that SOE are counting on this future partnership to regain a some credibility with the MMORPG community.
Just my 2 coppers worth...