Pioneering Everquest & Vanguard designer Brad McQuaid passes away

Brad McQuaid

It is with deep sadness that we are reporting the death of veteran MMORPG developer Brad McQuaid. Brad passed away at his home late last night at the age of 51.

McQuaid was instrumental in the creation and design of some of the world’s best MMORPGs. During his tenure with Sony Online Entertainment, Brad led the development of EverQuest, one of the first globally successful MMOs. After leaving SOE, McQuaid founded Sigil Games and developed Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Most recently, McQuaid was the president and CEO of Visionary Realms and was working on Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen.

The announcement of McQuaid’s death was made via the Pantheon Twitter several hours ago.

Many in the MMO community are expressing their shock and sadness over Brad’s passing including former SOE CEO John Smedley.

Smedley is leading a drive for fans, friends, and players to post their “touching EQ stories to @aradune so Brad’s wife and daughter can feel just a little of the way he touched our lives”.

Others in the small and close-knit community of MMO development have expressed their sorrow as well. This includes the official Twitter account for EverQuest and other persons of note within the community.

As expected, the EverQuest and Pantheon communities are alit with an outpouring of grief and shock. The EverQuest Reddit, Pantheon Reddit, and forums for both (EQ, Pantheon) are filled with notes of sadness and fond memories of the worlds created by Brad McQuaid.

Pantheon’s Community Manager Ben Dean has requested that fans “respect the privacy of Brad’s family” during this difficult time.

We extend our love and support to Brad’s family and friends as well. He was a true visionary and will be sorely missed. The MMO genre and gaming, in general, are richer for the worlds he created.

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Suzie is an avid gamer and has been since 1995. She lives in the desert with her own personal minion while dreaming of pixel worlds beyond Earth.

1 Comment

  1. I’m shocked and saddened by this terrible news. While only a very brief EverQuest player, I always followed Brad’s work wherever he went. He brought passion and energy to a sometimes stale genre. I’m truly grateful for all that he contributed to MMOs and to gaming. He will truly be missed.

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