As reported by the Pantheon Twitter account, Brad McQuaid, best known as a developer for EverQuest and Pantheon, has passed away. McQuaid was 51 years old.
Messages flooded the MMO’s forums. One user, BenD (who is actually Visionary Realms’ Director of Comms Benjamin Dean) open a post with the news.
“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we share that Brad McQuaid, Chief Creative Officer of Visionary Realms passed away in his home last night.
Brad was a visionary, a mentor, an artist, a trailblazer, a friend, a husband, a father. He touched thousands of lives with his dreams and concepts. Brad changed the landscape of video games forever. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered in life and in Pantheon.
Thank you, Brad, for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace, Aradune.
All of us at Visionary Realms offer our deepest condolences to Brad’s family and during this most difficult time, we kindly ask that you respect the privacy of Brad’s family”.
Brad McQuaid, a Brief Retrospective
McQuaid went by the handle Aradune in the MMO, as noted by PC Gamer. An active member, McQuaid joined Sony Online Entertainment in 1996 as a lead programmer. He would later work us way up to producer on EverQuest before becoming Chief Creative Officer. He left Sony Online Entertainment in 2002 to found Sigil Games. SOE later purchased Sigil Games.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and remains his most recent, acclaimed bodies of work.
John Smedley, the former President of Sony Online Entertainment and Daybreak Games Company, left a tribute on Twitter;
“Brad was an amazingly talented creator and Everquest wouldn’t exist without his genius. He will be missed”.
Any Button Gaming wishes McQuaid’s family and friends all the best and we are sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. As noted by Smedley, he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Brad McQuaid.