According to a new post on the MMORewards.com site, Guardians of Ember will be published by Gameforge beginning on September 1st without any involvement from Insel Games, the publisher that was booted from Steam for review manipulation. Gameforge will be taking over publication duties for both North America and Europe, with news about account and game data migration set to be announced soon.
To assist with player questions, a brief FAQ was posted in the announcement thread:
When will the transfer to Gameforge take place ? We are currently planning for the transfer to take place on September 1 2018 but we will confirm the date as the handover approaches including more details on how exactly the transfer will take place. .
How will I be able to play after the transfer? If you play GoE on MMORewards.com you will receive an email with further details on how you can continue playing as we get closer to the transfer date. That being said, we currently plan to make sure that Olyndale will be just a few clicks away.
What will happen to my existing characters and progress? Your current progress will be completely transferred. All characters and loot will be retained.
Will I lose my premium currency or items? No. Purchased Frozen Ember and previously purchased items will also be transferred.
Will there be any downtime? We will do our best to keep any downtime to a minimum but since there are many technical changes the servers may might go offline for up to a few days during the transfer.
Will there be any changes to the game? As Gameforge is the new publisher we will leave it up to them to announce any changes they have planned but we think that they have identified any current issues with the game and will improve GoE for current and new players alike.
Additional answers were posted on the Guardians of Ember Steam page:
So Runewaker is still working on the game? Yes! The developers have always been working on new content - see the recent Cathedral Abyss Update as a prime example - and they will continue to do so. Will Insel Games or it’s team still be involved? No. As all publishing rights will be transferred to Gameforge none of the previous Product or Community Managers will no longer be involved from September 1 2018. Will GoE return to Steam? Again, this is Gameforge’s decision in their role as new publisher, however, there are plans for the game to relaunch on Steam. Please note that you can still play GoE outside of the Steam ecosystem.
You may remember that Insel Games and all of its published titles were removed from STeam in February after review manipulation:
The investigation came after a Reddit post showed the Insel Games CEO asking employees to purchase, in this case, Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan, and to post a review as well. "I am asking you either to do the following: Buy the game and present me the receipt until Friday night for which you will be reimbursed within 24h or explain to me tomorrow why you do not wish to do this", the CEO wrote to his employees.
Read more at any of the links above.