In a statement released on the Bethsoft website, both Bethesda and Mr. Vogel seem excited about this new partnership:
“I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games,” said Vogel. “It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating”
Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks had this to say about his new hire:
“We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s vast experience join us at Bethesda. Rich has a history of building and managing talented development teams and bringing high quality games to market, and we look forward to working with him on a new exciting project.”
Vogel had spent 7 of his 20 plus years in game development, at Bioware until July. He has a lot of MMO history under his belt, having worked on some of the most important MMOs in history, including Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and Meridian 59.
Neither Bethesda or Mr. Vogel are letting slip what exactly they’re working on over there at the Austin studio, but given his pedigree in MMO building, it’s safe to guess it might be something in that vein.