Joe is a real person that people have met, and IIRC he and HGM and the early GMs (Ann?) all know each other in person. It's kind of to hear that Delta Tao has not been a legal company for ±10 years, but honestly not super surprising. I lol'ed at the rest of your post (e.g. his blog was hacked by Anonymous, maybe as long as 7 years ago).
But yeah, without his chipping in, we're kind of just talking pointlessly... perhaps the most common type of talk on The Sentinel.
I'd possibly participate in CL2, but only if it wasn't tuned to hell by FTP microtransactions and Mobile First™, and only if existing characters got some sort of boost or carryover. I never got into Arindal or Alchera, largely because grinding from the start again was 'ehhh...', even though as Jazz says, Clan Lord is just a giant unchanging skinner box anyway. (With, IMO, the exception of the Mystic class which functions -- or dysfunctions -- totally separately.)
I'd definitely pay to extend CL1 though.